LEED Silver Certification for Trippe Hall at Penn State Behrend

Penn State Behrend's Trippe Hall earned LEED Silver Certification

Trippe Hall, the new residence hall at Penn State Behrend, has earned LEED Silver Certification. The four-story building, which can accommodate 251 students, provides much-needed capacity for on-campus housing. Trippe Hall features primarily double-occupancy rooms. Its wet core design provides sets of private bathrooms rather than traditional community bathrooms. The building includes a community kitchen and living room, and each floor has a community room and study lounges. Trippe Hall opened for the Fall 2018 semester.

KE services: MEPT Design; Energy Modeling
Location: Erie, Pennsylvania
LEED version: NC v2009
Building size:  67,500 SF
Project cost:  $28.5 million
Energy savings: Projected 43.8% energy consumption savings / 23.2% energy cost savings
Lighting savings: Projected 43.9% energy consumption savings
Water savings: Projected 43.69% water consumption savings
Why it works: The MEP systems balance cost and functionality. Trippe Hall leverages all LED lighting, with occupancy sensors and automated corridor lighting controls for resident-friendly energy savings. The building’s standalone HVAC systems use high-efficiency boilers, while the plumbing system incorporates high efficiency water heaters for domestic hot water and low-flow plumbing fixtures.

LEED Scorecard

About LEED

LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a program of the U.S. Green Building Council that promotes sustainable building design. Through the LEED program, buildings are evaluated on measures such as energy-efficient building systems, water efficiency, sustainable site strategies, and sustainable building materials. A building can be awarded one of four certification levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum (the highest).

Karpinski Engineering’s contributions to a building’s LEED certification typically impact its energy and water use – through efficient electrical, lighting, HVAC, and plumbing design.


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