Butte College’s new Performing & Industrial Arts Center was recently awarded the Higher Education Energy Efficiency Partnership Best Practice Award in New Construction HVAC Design & Retrofit and an Honorable Mention for Water Efficiency at the 2009 UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference hosted by the University of California, Santa Barbara.
This award is presented annually to one college in each of the conferences participating systems -- University of California, California State University and California Community College. Butte College’s Arts building received the honor in the community college category while UC San Francisco; Mount Zion Research Center and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo were honored in the other two categories.
“We competed with some very strong colleges up and down the state. This is quite an honor,” said Mike Miller, Butte College Director of Facilities Planning and Management.
The design of the 77,000 square-foot arts center, scheduled to open August 19 just in time for fall semester, is in keeping with the college’s commitment to environmental stewardship.
The arts building, which holds 41 different types of instructional environments from ceramics’ studios to photography labs to the black box theater, exceeds the California Title 24 Energy Code requirements by 35 percent. Campus solar arrays supply power offsets of energy use by 17.5 percent. Overall the building’s energy efficiency will earn the college an $82,000 rebate from PG&E.
“Title 24 is a set of mandated state requirements revolving around energy efficiency in a variety of the of the building’s design aspects. To exceed these requirements by 35 percent is a big achievement,” said Miller.
Some of the sustainability features of the new $29 million Arts building include: evaporative cooling; 100% outside air HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) units incorporating CO2 sensors; waterless urinals, ultra low-flow sensor faucets and low-flow water closets resulting in a 48.5 percent reduction in water usage over traditional facilities; electric vehicle refueling stations; comprehensive campus bus service, vanpool program and bicycle storage with permeable surfacing.
“Not only is it an energy efficient building, it’s an over-all healthy building,” said Miller. “And, it was built on time and on budget.”
The UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference was established in 2001 for the exchange of best practices between people engaged in, or seeking to learn more about, campus sustainability—from teaching and academic research to all aspects of campus operations.