BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The architect who designed the renovation of a University of Vermont building says the project shows it is possible to bring older buildings up to the highest energy efficiency standards.
Architect William Maclay says that buildings account for 40 percent of energy use.
Before the renovation of UVM's Aiken Center began, it was one of the most inefficient buildings on campus.
Now the building that houses the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is the first at UVM to receive a LEED platinum certification.
Among the unusual features at the Aiken Center is an experimental green roof that holds 870 flats of plant material covering 8,000 square feet divided into eight experimental watersheds.
The building also has a natural wastewater treatment system that mimics a wetland.
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