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The EcoDorm at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina is a two-story, 9,000-square-foot residence hall, housing 38 students.
With input from the students at Warren Wilson, the housing facility was designed to focus on energy efficiency and reduce water use and minimize the environmental impact on the region. It certified Platinum LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance: Existing Buildings, a rating system from the U.S. Green Building Council that focuses on building efficiency and performance.
The EcoDorm was the first building on a college campus to achieve LEED Platinum certification in the Existing Buildings category. Among the many green features, the residence hall uses controlled fresh air through an air-to-air heat recovery ventilator. Also, the EcoDorm uses radiant floor heat with solar water preheating and 92 percent efficient gas boilers. Water conservation measures include low flow showers, faucets and waterless urinals and a 10,000-gallon rainwater cistern that pumps collected roof runoff back into the building to the flush toilets and hose bibs for landscaping.