Going Green at Emerson College
The Piano Row building at 150 Boylston Street was designed with guidelines aimed to reduce energy usage, water consumption, solid waste, air pollution, and building toxicity. The result: LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification in green design, by the U.S. Green Building Council in spring 2007. The Piano Row building is one of the first educational buildings in the city of Boston to receive LEED Certification for new construction.
Emerson College has sought official certification for other new building and major renovation projects, including the Colonial Building renovation and residence halls.
Max Mutchnick Campus Center LEED Certification Facts
For each green-design element implemented, the Piano Row building earns credits to meet LEED certification.
Credits are awarded in the following categories:
- Sustainable sites
- Water efficiency
- Energy & atmosphere
- Materials & resources
- Indoor environmental quality
- Innovation and design process
What does all this mean?
The Max Mutchnick Campus Center is a building you can feel good about. It helps demonstrate Emerson's commitment to going green. We hope you’ll stop by, hang out, and know you’re a part of something bigger than a building.
- 16 percent savings in electricity, heating, and cooling compared to a non–LEED building of our size (185,000 square feet)
This is managed by an energy management system that allows us to control temperature set points, equipment start/stop period, hot water heating temperatures, automated/motion sensing lights, etc.
- 27 percent reduction in building water use and a 50 percent reduction in water use for landscaping, compared to a non–LEED building of our size
We have automatic flush toilets, automatic faucets, and low-flow shower heads.
- 82 percent of construction waste diverted from a landfill.
Construction waste was reused or recycled.
Conscious of materials
- 15 percent recycled content in new materials
- 34 percent of materials manufactured locally (within a 500-mile radius)
The materials came from various suppliers within 500 miles and included interior metal framing, gypsum sheeting, roofing insulation, ceiling tile, ready mix concrete, metal doors, interior paint, etc. Agrifiber wood was used for doors and walls. It's made from recovered wheat and/or rice straw.
Low-emitting materials—including adhesives and sealants, paints, carpet and composite wood, and agrifiber used in the building's interior—make for a healthy climate.
Advocacy of the green lifestyle
- Recycling rooms on each floor of the residence hall
- A secure bicycle storage area for off-campus students is located on campus close to the building.