Green Building and Renovation

What is a LEED Building?

LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” and is an internationally recognized green building certification system.  The LEED certification system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  Through the LEED certification system, the USGBC provides third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. [Source:  The U.S. Green Building Council]

After a building has been constructed, LEED also provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building operations and maintenance solutions.   

Bentley's Green Building Commitment

In the Climate Action Plan, Bentley University has committed to achieving LEED-Silver certification for all new construction and major renovations (renovations greater than 50% replacement value).  In addition to these commitments Facilities Management and the Office of Sustainability work together on smaller upgrades and renovations across the campus to ensure that green building principles are being applied.  

Green Renovation Projects

Boylston A & B, 2013

The renovations to these apartment buildings largely emulate the Kresge Hall renovations with additional efficiency measures in the kitchen areas.

Kresge Hall, 2012

During the summer of 2012 Facilities Management renovated Kresge Hall bathrooms and kitchens.  The following green building attributes were included in this renovation:

New Roof

The addition of the new roof will provide greater insulation and reduce energy consumption

Water-Saving Fixtures

Low flow bathroom faucets, shower heads and dual-flush toilets were installed in every bathroom and kitchen. All of these fixtures use half the water that standard fixtures use without compromising water pressure.

LED Lights

In the bathrooms, LED lights were installed. LED lights last approximately 20 years longer than incandescent light bulbs.

High Efficiency Boilers

New boilers installed will reduce energy consumption

Low VOC paint

LOW VOC (volitile organic compounds) paint decreases occupants’ exposure to chemical odors and toxins.

Slade Hall Bathrooms, 2011

The Slade Hall Bathrooms were renovate following the Miller Hall Bathroom renovation. Low-flow shower and faucet heads were also installed. The new toilets in Miller Hall were also retrofitted with Sloan Uppercut Manual Dual-Flush Flushometers to give each toilet a dual flush function.

Check out our water conservation page for more details on these green features.

Stratton House Bathrooms and Kitchen Renovations, 2010

During the summer of 2010 Facilities Management renovated the Stratton House bathrooms and kitchen.  The following green building attributes are included in this renovation:

New Cork Floor Kitchen 

Cork Flooring is made from 100% renewable raw materials with 100% post-industrial content.  Cork is a completely renewable resource harvested as bark from living cork trees, never harmed by the harvest. 

Corian Bathroom Vanities and Kitchen Counter Tops

Corian is a durable, long-lasting, solid surface material.  The Corian countertops installed in Stratton include 13% pre-consumer recycled content.  All surface sealants and adhesives have a low volatile organic compound (VOC) content and have been proved to be nontoxic and non-allergenic to humans. 

Energy Star Appliances

Energy Star is a government backed program dedicated to protecting the environment through energy efficient products and practices.  All Energy Star labeled products use less energy than standard products.  They are more efficient, save users money on electrical bills, and help to protect the environment.  [Source: EPA Energy Star] Facilities Management will be installing Energy Star labeled appliances in Stratton House’s new kitchen.  These appliances enable Bentley to make renovations as sustainable and efficient as possible.   

Water-Saving Fixtures

Low flow faucets, low flow showerheads and dual flush toilets were also installed in the bathrooms.  Check out our Water page to learn more about these fixtures.

Miller Hall Bathrooms, 2010

Facilities Management renovated the Miller Hall bathrooms during the summer of 2011. As part of the renovation low flow shower and faucet heads were installed. The new toilets in Miller Hall were retrofitted with Sloan Uppercut Manual Dual-Flush Flushometers to give each toilet a dual flush function. 

Check out our water conservation page for more details on these green features.