LAND USE & BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Our Storm Water Management Plan has been developed to ensure that the campus is developed to meet regulatory requirements. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) developed guidelines to ensure that construction activities in environmentally sensitive areas are conducted in a manner that will protect and improve water quality, particularly in the Chesapeake Bay.
Best management Practices (BMP’S) at Oceanography and at Teletechnet
Design and Construction with Facilities Management work together to review building designs that will meet environmentally friendly standards set by the U.S Green Building Council. USGBC LEED certification is expected for all new and renovated building projects.
Sustainable site: The building integrates bicycle storage areas and alternative fuel recharging stations for futuristic vehicles. Rainwater collected on the roof will filter through on-site rock and plant gardens.
Water efficiency: Native, drought-resistant plants and efficient drip irrigation will reduce the amount of water needed for landscaping. Efficient plumbing systems are expected to cut water use inside the building by 20 percent.
Energy and atmosphere: Increased insulation, external sun-shading, windows that increase day-lighting and other innovations that increase the efficiency of mechanical systems should cut the building's energy demands by 20 percent.
Materials and resources: The building was constructed with increased amounts of salvaged, certified, recycled and rapidly renewable materials. Also, the university recycled 50 percent of construction debris.
In-door environmental quality: Air quality management controls keep contaminants out of the heating and air conditioning systems. The building is smoke-free.
Engineering and Computational Sciences Building is the first LEED certified building
The established rain garden at Engineering and Computational Sciences Building
It is designed to temporarily hold and soak in rain water runoff that flows from roofs, driveways, patios or lawns. Rain gardens are effective in removing up to 90% of nutrients and chemicals and up to 80% of sediments from the rainwater runoff. Compared to a conventional lawn, rain gardens allow for 30% more water to soak into the ground.
Facilities maintains an established Green Roof Garden at Batten Arts and Letters
Green roofs modify temperature fluctuations of the membranes, thereby reducing thermal stress and possibly extending membrane life. Green roofs can also reduce cooling costs by reducing the temperature of the roof surface and the ambient air. Green roofs reduce both peak and total energy demand.
Green roofs reduce storm water runoff so there is less water directed into storm drains.
Like BMP’S, green roofs can also be a credit for our Storm Water Plan.
Green roofs will intercept between 15 and 90% of rooftop runoff. Absorption of runoff into a green roof system will vary between 50-60% and is related to the type of growing medium and plant cover variability.