What UVU is Doing: Science Building

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UVU’s Science building opened April 20, 2012 with an LEED silver certification, making it one of the most energy-efficient buildings of its size in the state. The building was constructed, and is operated, with sustainability in mind for both the environment and the people who occupy it. Many steps have been taken to ensure that it is a safe and eco-friendly place to learn.

The building operates through a fully automated control system. Sensors monitor when classrooms, halls, and offices are being used and adjust the lighting, temperature, and airflow accordingly. This process ensures that energy is not wasted on classrooms with no one in them. The system also includes a 24/7 alarm system that constantly monitors the building of potential dangers.

Many steps were taken to efficiently heat and cool the building. Fully reflective, high-tech glass systems help reduce the sun’s heat during the summer months. The building also uses a unique science fume hood to supply fresh air while minimizing the amount of air exhausted, which reduces energy consumption for both heating and air conditioning. The roof of the building was also designed with extra insulation for energy efficiency.

In order to ensure safety and quality, the new building underwent a process of sanitation throughout the building process. All air ducts were sealed during construction and underwent a filtration process to keep out dust, dirt, and other contaminants. All water systems were flushed, sanitized, and tested. The building was also completely “air washed” to remove any possibility of air contaminants created by the construction process. Construction waste was also monitored and reduced during the building process.

 The building was also built with:

  • Higher standard water fixtures to minimize the use of water
  • Low VOC content paints to reduce pollution
  • A specialized waste system to neutralize and reduce
  • Pollution-sensing exhaust systems to monitor acid, base, and organic exhausts