Jun 10, 2010

Coyote Village at USD pursuing LEED Silver certification

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Coyote Village, a new apartment-style residence hall complex at The University of South Dakota, is pending the award of LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for achievement in green building and design.
LEED for Homes, Pilot for Mid-rise Multi-family Buildings is a green certification program that rewards multi-family residences that are designed and built to be energy- and resource-efficient, healthier and more durable. LEED-certified buildings complete a technically rigorous process that often includes an energy analysis and onsite inspections to verify that the building is built to be energy and water efficient, environmentally sound, and a healthier place to live.

Coyote Village is one of four buildings at USD currently pursuing LEED certification. The building is presently under construction by the development team of Ambling University Development Group (developer), Juneau Construction (contractor) and Niles Bolton Associates (architect) and Architectural Energy Corporation (LEED provider). This team is known for their expertise in constructing LEED buildings.

Located on the east side of Rose Street adjacent to the DakotaDome, Coyote Village is a 550-bed, 175-suite facility. The location is within walking distance of campus recreation, academic buildings, and many community shops and services. Construction is slated to be completed this summer.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, green buildings can have substantially lower utility bills[i] and qualify for beneficial financing, lower insurance rates and government incentives. Through their commitment to green building, the development team is keeping sustainability affordable. Coyote Village focuses heavily on reducing energy use, water use reduction and the efficient use of materials. The sustainable features of the project include an efficient heating and cooling system (designed to achieve a 16 percent annual energy savings), a high performance building envelope, environmentally preferred materials, drought tolerant landscaping, a highly efficient irrigation system, digital thermostats set to optimize energy efficiency, fresh air ventilation, indoor contaminant control, and low VOC paints, sealers and adhesives.

“As a LEED-certified project, Coyote Village continues USD’s commitment to sustainability,” said Henry Cantwell of Niles Bolton Associates. “The residence hall complex was designed and constructed to be a good neighbor by reducing its environmental footprint and providing a greener place for students to live.”

About LEED for Homes Pilot multi-family Buildings

LEED for Homes, Pilot for Mid-rise Multi-family Buildings is a third-party certification system for building and designing high-performance green residences that are energy-and-resource-efficient and healthy for its occupants.  Developed and administered by USGBC, LEED for Homes awards points to projects in eight categories of environmental performance: Innovation & Design Process, Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Awareness & Education. To date, more than 5,000 homes have achieved certification with LEED for Homes program, and over 20,000 have registered and are in process.  For more information, visit www.usgbc.org/homes.


The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Since USGBC’s founding in 1993, USGBC has grown to more than 18,000 member companies and organizations and a comprehensive suite of LEED green building certification systems. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations all sharing USGBC commitment to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. Visit www.usgbc.org for more information.

[i]U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR (2007). Residential Home Improvement: An Overview of Energy Use and Energy Efficient Opportunities (August 2007).

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

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