Green Dorm Database

Tufts University
February 10, 2009, 7:54 am
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Sophia Gordon Hall makes solar thermal and PV work, even in Massachusetts!

Sophia Gordon Hall makes solar thermal and PV work, even in Massachusetts!

Since 2006, Tufts University in Medford, MA has been home to Sophia Gordon Hall, a LEED Gold dormitory that houses 126 students (all seniors). The set of connected four-story buildings is composed primarily of suites, which include bathrooms and kitchens, showing once again that green buildings and preferable room arrangements are not mutually exclusive. Like Drew’s green dorm, Tufts puts a burden on students to not only live in the environmentally friendly building, but to also learn from it and to pass those sustainable lifestyle habits on to others.

Sophia Gordon Hall achieves 30% reductions in both energy and water use by employing low-flow faucets, dual-flush toilets, waterless urinals, solar thermal and photovoltaic systems, low VOC materials, reflective white roofing, bamboo flooring, low-E windows, and for the students’ benefit, real-time energy monitoring, much like Stanford’s own Y2E2. Another feature somewhat questionably included in Sophia Gordon’s description is green electricity, purchased through “Green-E” certified wind power. Tufts believes their renewable energy certificates are for “an amount equivalent to the electricity needs of Sophia Gordon Hall” for two years. While commendable, it is unclear whether such renewable energy credits or carbon offsets can really be considered a component of a given building, “green” or otherwise.

Tufts on Sophia Gordon Hall (very detailed building information available)

Newswise on “Green Dorm”


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