The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded University of Richmond’s Robins Stadium its LEED Silver certification, in recognition of environmentally friendly design and construction of a building.
Design of Robins Stadium included numerous features intended to earn LEED certification, said David Merchan, the university’s project engineer. Among them are:
- Cool roof — roofing that is light in color that reflects instead of absorbing solar energy.
- Water use that is 43 percent less than LEED code minimum, achieved by low-flow water fixtures and artificial turf.
- Significant (42 percent) use of construction materials extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of Richmond.
- Significant use of recycled construction materials (90 percent of the aluminum bleachers and 20 percent of overall construction materials).
- Use of sunlight in 96 percent of regularly occupied space.
Merchan noted that versatility of the stadium’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, as well as controlled lighting fixtures for efficient interior lighting, also contributed to the LEED Silver certification.
The university has applied for LEED certification of five other buildings. Three additional structures have received LEED certification: Heilman Dining Center, Weinstein Hall and Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness, which received LEED Gold status in 2010.