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NDSCS's Horton Hall Awarded LEED® Green Building Certification

by Prairie Business

Posted on 7/13/2011

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded the renovation of Horton Hall on the North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton campus with LEED Certification. LEED, or Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design, is the USGBC's guideline for designing and constructing the world's greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings. New construction or renovation projects must go through a rigorous application process in order to be considered for LEED certification. The application involves a rating system that awards points for satisfying specific sustainable criteria in a number of different environmental categories, including Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency and Indoor Environmental Air Quality.

In addition to receiving LEED Certification, Horton Hall also received the maximum amount of available energy tax credits for a project of its type due to its sustainable design efforts.

Designed by JLG Architects, the renovation to the 75-year old Horton Hall encompassed Business Administration and Management, Architectural Drafting, Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology, Print Services, and included a new state-of-the-art classroom and office addition with the flexibility to allow for changes in future classroom needs. Horton Hall's LEED Certification was based on a number of sustainable design and construction features, including:

• Daylight harvesting

• High performance glazing

• Improved insulation at existing envelope

• Solar thermal hot water

• Water efficient fixtures

• Energy efficient lighting fixtures and occupancy controls

• Cradle to Cradle® Certified Products

• Integrated Green Building Education Program

• Low-emitting materials, including furnishings

"Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems," said Rick

Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "The Horton Hall project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come." Rebecca Molldrem, Chair of the USGBC North Dakota Chapter noted, "It's great to see Higher Education institutions in North Dakota taking sustainability seriously and realizing the positive impact they are making on their students, faculty, and the environment with their decisions to go green."

JLG Architects has designed over $1 billion in educational, athletic, commercial, and residential projects in twelve states and two foreign countries. With over 70 design awards and five offices throughout the Midwest, JLG has long been committed to providing its communities with long-lasting, sustainable, and attractive architecture. For more information on the U.S. Green Building Council, contact and For more information on JLG, visit


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