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Shuster Hall - A green building
What Makes Shuster Hall Green?





When Juniata College decided to build and environmental campus at the Raystown Field Station, it seemed natural to develop an environmentally friendly one. Shuster Hall, the dining and classroom facility which saw completion during the summer of 2003, is the first building of the new green campus. Green building design reduces the environmental impacts of a building on its surroundings based on five major categories:


* Sustainable Sites (13 pts.)
* Indoor Air Quality (15 pts.)
* Energy and Atmosphere (17 pts.)
* Materials and Resources (13 pts.)
* Water Efficiency (5 pts.)

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) ensures that buildings are indeed green based on a point collection system. Each category contains specific points, some that must be met and others that are suggested. LEED certification status then depends on the number of points a building achieves. There are currently four LEED categories:

* LEED certified (26-32 pts.)
* Silver (33-38 pts.)
* Gold (39-51 pts.)
* Platinum (52-69 pts.)


Shuster Hall is LEED certified and one of the first 'Green' classrooms in Pennsylvania.


Water Efficiency

Source of water:

  • Underground well


  • Composting Toilets
    • Provides future composting material
    • Aerobic system, therefore no smell
    • Only enough water is used to keep the system working
  • Waterless Urinals
  • Only 'gray' water comes out of Shuster Hall, which does not need to be treated as much as 'brown' water
Mechanical Room
  • Chemical Free water treatment system
    • Filters to remove ions
    • UV light screening to remove bacteria
  • Water tanks to suppost Shuster Hall and 1 dorm
Indoor Air Quality
The Lounge and Dining Area
  • Low volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
    • Paints, adhesives and carpeting
  • Air Quality Control
    • CO2 detectors - let us know when to open the windows if many people are in the building
    • Ceiling fans and rooftop windows instead of air conditioning
  • Low VOCs
  • Air Quality Control - CO2 detectors
Site Sustainability
  • For every foot disturbed, one was preserved
  • Site was not disturbed greater than 30 yards from building footprint
    • This allows for a thick vegetation buffer between the buildings and the Lake
      • Reduces light and noise pollution
      • Allows the campus to be discrete and secure - boaters come to see the lake not the campus
  • Construction waste was recycled or used to create trails around the station
  • Disturbed areas were planted with native vegetation - White Pine, Hemlock, Dogwood, and Blueberries
  • Erosion control
    • Nets on ground
    • Hay bails along roads to slow stormwater flow
Energy & Atmosphere

The Lounge and Dining Area

  • The building is oriented north/south facing
    • South Face has low eaves to block out hot sun
    • North Face is almost all windows to allow for natural lighting and heating
    • All windows filled with inert gas for insulation and are triple glazed to reflect infrared light
  • Juniata purchased wind shares from Southwest PA to compensate for energy use
  • 5 kw photovoltaic system
  • 8 inches thick with styrofoam insulation to reduce energy loss during winter
  • Floor to ceiling windows for natural lighting
Mechanical Room

High efficiency, low NOx boilers.

  • Our two boilers operate at up to 98% thermal efficiency. They operate in series and continuously modulate their output by monitoring heat demand and outside air temperature.  The boilers are both Energy Star and Low NOx certified. 
  • Ethylene glycol is heated and circulated through a radient heat slab or radient floor.
  • Ethylene glycol is food grade, so no need to worry about spills
Materials & Resources
The Lounge and Dining Area
  • Recycled Material - 35% of all materials contain at least 20% post consumer waste
    • Newspapers (coated with flame retardant) insulates the walls
    • Fabric on couches and in carpeting
    • Tables


      • Compressed corn stalk for coffee tables
      • Compressed wheat for other
    • Paints
    • Steel
    • Gypsom wall boards
    • Ceramic Tiling
    • Salvaged Material - 5% of all materials were salvaged
      • Fireplace stone is from an Old Mill house that was on Route 22
    • Local Material - 36% of materials were manufactured within a 500 mile radius
      • Fireplace stone
      • Maple floors - from Somerset County, PA
      • Paints and concrete
  • Recycled Material - Ceramic Tiles for flooring
  • Local Material - Cabinents are made of the same maple from Somerset
  • Recycled Materials
    • Decking is Trex - recycled plastic
  • Local Materials
    • Siding is made of cypress
      • Has natural sealants which hold for 7-8 years which eliminates need for conservative products (no VOCs)



      • Yellow color changes to gray over time
  • Recycled Materials - ceramic flooring, gypsom wall boards, steel, and plastics
  • Recycled Materials
    • Ash fly concrete
    • Tables and chairs made with recycled materials, just like in the lounge
  • Salvaged Materials
    • Cabinetry was taken from old BSC Chemistry Wing
    • Tables from Good Hall
    • Projector Screen
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