Newtown Campus Classroom Building Awarded LEED Gold Certification

Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s first building at the Newtown Campus on Newtown Pike has recently been awarded LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council website, “LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.”

Some features of the Newtown Classroom Building that helped earn LEED Gold Certification are:

  • motion detection controlled lights and HVAC in almost all spaces
  • programmable space occupancy settings
  • ambient light sensors on lights near windows (10% energy savings in these areas)
  • heat recovery chiller for temperate days; avoids operation of main chiller and boilers
  • ventilation calculation based on monitored CO2 levels20140530-00
  • lower duct static pressure design (2.4% energy savings)
  • 92% efficient domestic hot water heater
  • sun shades on key windows
  • spray foam on exterior to control infiltration
  • high performance windows (.6% energy savings)
  • R30 cool roof design
  • permeable pavement in several parking areas

“The opportunity for KCTCS and BCTC to achieve a Gold Level LEED Certification on our recently opened Newtown Campus classroom building was made possible by the hard work of our design and construction teams. The energy efficient design and the many sustainability related features incorporated into the building will allow BCTC to provide a great atmosphere for our students for many years to come,” said Rob Knight, BCTC Dean of Operations.

The four-story, 92,240 square foot building opened to students for the Fall 2013 semester and houses number of programs including: Film Studies: Script to Screen, Information Management and Design, Criminal Justice, Computer and Information Technologies, Business Management and Marketing, along with several others.

According to the USGBC website, the Newtown Classroom Building is one of only six Gold certified buildings in Lexington, and the first LEED certified building in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

The building was also recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Better Buildings Challenge in the fall.

The LEED scorecard for the building can be seen here: BCTC Classroom Student Services Building.