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Pittsburgh, PA 15213
LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) • Certified • Gold • 2008
Project Name: Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon Café
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Project Types(s): Campus, Restaurant
Building Size (Square Feet): 9,400
Certification Status: Certified
Rating System: LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI)
Certification Level: Gold
Certification Year: 2008
Formerly known as the Highlander Cafeteria, renovations to the 9,400-square-foot café began in fall 2005 and were completed in summer 2006. The renovations utilized a variety of green design strategies, including the use of sustainable materials, improving the interior air quality, making energy efficiency enhancements, providing greater access to daylight and views, and upgrading the building's overall systems.
Key Green Features: Local Materials, Passive Solar Design
The site is located within half a mile of a bus stop, which services multiple bus routes. Bike racks are also positioned nearby to encourage alternative transportation.
Energy & Atmosphere
The building includes an efficient heating and cooling systems. Carbon dioxide sensors and zoned temperature controls increase the precision of the HVAC system and thereby reduce any excess energy usage. LED lighting in the oculus, occupancy sensors on the second floor and daylight level sensors adjusting artificial lights in the eating area all reduce the required energy for lighting. Employs occupancy sensors that turn the lights on and off depending on whether anyone is there.
Material & Resources
The project features regionally sourced and high-recycled-content materials, as well as rapidly renewable bamboo and linoleum flooring.
Indoor Environmental Quality
An internal system monitors and tracks CO2, adjust light levels, and respond to changing occupancy levels. CFC-based refrigerants were eliminated, and no-VOC paints and adhesives were used in order to promote better air quality.
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