After stepping through the front doors of the North Hall, Rider University’s newest academic building, it doesn't take much time to realize that the structure was built for a much greater purpose than simply a place to teach students. Even though you have crossed inside, you remain touched by natural sunlight flowing into the open area from the massive windows behind and in front of you. The temperature is quite comfortable. With the sound of water flowing from the fountain mounted on the wall, and with the sights of plants outside, as well as the flowery portraits hanging around you; you can't help but feel at peace.
Much of the reason the North Hall is such an enjoyable building is because it has been certified Gold by The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.
LEED, which was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), provides a checklist of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. Points are earned for satisfying specific green-building criteria in six LEED categories, including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design. The number of points the project earns determines the level of LEED certification the project receives.
Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc., an award-winning, full-service architectural and sustainable design firm from Trenton, designed the North Hall with highly insulated walls to keep a comfortable temperature during the extreme climates, motion detecting lighting, and many large and strategically placed windows to raise the amount of natural light. Seacoast Builders of Freehold constructed the building with local parts which were packaged in recycled materials, and used low VOC materials to prevent to use of volatile organic compounds which have bad effects on the lungs.
By investing their money in a certifiably sustainable structure, Rider University has not only accrued less cost to use the building, but has implemented new ways of reducing its' carbon footprint and created a beautiful environment for students to converse and study. There is nothing to dislike about this socially, economically, and environmentally friendly building- contributing to Rider's commitment to the triple bottom line!
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