College Planning & Management

APR 2013

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PASSIVE HOUSE, ACTIVELY GREEN with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). In traditional construction, the framing lumber itself forms thermal bridges between the conditioned interior space and the outside of the building, leading to heat loss in the winter. Additionally, traditional framing can be difficult to air seal. The SIPs for the Ter- raHaus are "sandwiches" of oriented-strand board sheathing with a graphite-coated expanded polystyrene foam core (chosen for its low global warming and ozone potential). They form a continuous barrier without thermal bridging from studs and run the entire height of the wall. The SIPs were custom cut %JXIV Why tear down walls when you can raise revenue? &IJSVI Upgrading your furniture raises needed revenue. is fit Analys Cost Bene ennonite U. Eastern Mre: $ 257,040.00 5 itu New furn by TRT: $ 54,909.7 nished s of 78.6% Refi Saving ------------sis ---------Footprint Analy ns Carbon iture: 93.99 To ns New furn ed by TRT: 0.93 To Refinish gs of 98.94 Xs Savin Get a fresh new look for a fraction of the cost of new furniture. The Refinishing Touch revitalizes dorm rooms, libraries, lounges and more with an on-site, eco-friendly process that gives you a wide selection of fabrics, finishes, hardware and surfaces to choose from. So why buy new when you can renew? Contact us today and save up to 80%. www.therefinishingtouch.com 26 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / APRIL 2013 in the factory and the joints between panels were carefully caulked and taped on site. Cellulose was added to the interior stud wall cavities for a total wall R value of 50. A Model for All Unity College and GO Logic developed TerraHaus as a model for higher education, the building community, and the region. The GO Logic team has presented widely on the TerraHaus, as have Unity faculty, staff, and students. Professor Doug Fox's Passive House course introduced students to building energy concepts and engaged them in homeweatherization outreach in the local community. Since its completion, the College has hosted dozens of tours and special events at TerraHaus, encouraging visitors to rethink green building in Maine. TerraHaus has also gained broader recognition from the architectural community, winning numerous awards. EcoStructure magazine has named it their residential Evergreen Award winner and Builder magazine gave it their Builder's Choice award last year. TerraHaus also won the EcoHome 2012 Design Award program's Grand Award, and the highly competitive New England Design Award from the American Institute of Architects. These juried prizes are a testament to the balance that TerraHaus achieves between architectural design and sustainability performance. The Passive House standard is a viable, achievable benchmark for building performance in cold climates. TerraHaus further demonstrates its applicability for student housing and meaningful learning on college and university campuses. CPM Jesse Pyles is sustainability director and senior fellow for the Environmental Leadership Program and Doug Fox is professor of Sustainable Agriculture and director of the Center for Sustainability and Global Change at Unity College in Unity, ME. Mr. Pyles can be contacted at jpyles@unity.edu. Mr. Fox can be contacted at dfox@unity.edu. WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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