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  • The plastic frame on faculty office chairs is made of 100 percent recycled car battery plastic. One chair's seat and back is made of approximately 45 car batteries.
  • The pre-patina colored copper on the exterior and interior walls also is made of recycled material and blends with the masonry.
  • Highly polished concrete floors do not emit dangerous fumes.
  • Desks and shelving units in faculty offices meet strict chemical and particle emissions guidelines, making a significant contribution to indoor air quality.
  • Many of the building materials were manufactured within a 500-mile radius of the project.STC building
  • The design emphasizes over 50 percent natural light through the use of large outside windows and glass walls for many seminar rooms.
  • A rainwater gathering system reclaims water for various uses throughout the building.
  • An underground cistern collects rainwater for: toilets, selected custodial uses. and industrial uses in labs.
  • An automatically controlled heating system drops or raises temperatures in unused rooms and turns off lights not in use.
  • A heat recovery system lowers the amount of energy needed to heat the building.
  • A white roof reflects more heat away from the building.
  • To limit disruption and pollution of natural water flows, stormwater runoff is managed by decreasing its rate and quantity by implementing a roof/stormwater (cistern) harvesting system.
  • Water collected in the cistern reduces runoff and helps conserve water usage. STC inside 1
  • All of these features together produce a water use reduction of 60 percent over that of a regular building. 
  • Rainwater harvesting and reuse reduces municipality water used for sewage by more than 50 percent. An estimated 748,680 gallons per year is expected to be collected from the roof.
  • This building is designed for LEED Certification to: teach energy conservation and sustainability, and practice conservation in the building's operations.