Buildings, Energy, and Water
As part of the State of Montana High Performance Building Standard Goals, all State projects with a project budget of greater than $5,000,000 must achieve a LEED Certification of a minimum Silver level. MSU has completed five new buildings since the passing of these standards, four of which are LEED Gold certified, and one of which is LEED Silver certified, with several new projects to be completed within the coming years that will also adhere to this standard and continue to improve sustainability and efficiency on MSU’s campus and in the State. More information on the Montana High Performance Building Standard Goals can be found at: http://www.montana.edu/pdc/documents/design-
Jabs Passive Solar Wall
Gallatin Hall solar water heating units
MSU has undertaken numerous energy efficiency projects that both reduce its environmental footprint and save money. Projects include:
- Campus wide t-12 to t-8 lighting retrofit
- North Hedges Residence Hall heat recovery ventilator
- Variable frequency drives on motors
- Leon Johnson Hall energy retrofit
- North and South gym lighting retrofits
Low flow water faucets installed in 2016.
In 2016, MSU began a large scale water savings project in the Roskie, North, and South Hedges Residence Halls. This project included replacing faucets and shower heads in all three residence halls. As a result of these changes, on average a total of 12 gallons per person per day (gppd) is saved across all three residence halls. The next stage in this project will be to replace toilets and urinals, followed by appliances such as washing machines.