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Hipp Hall | Furman University

Furman University in Greenville, SC., achieved a “Gold” LEED rating with Hipp Hall, the first building in the state to receive this certification.

The energy savings for Hipp Hall is roughly 30% compared to a similar building on campus saving the university approximately $10,000 per year


In the age of “green building” trends, achieving a designated Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)* certification is only a means to an end. The ultimate goal for building owners is to reduce costs by reducing a building’s energy consumption, something that can’t be measured until after the building has been completed.
When Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, decided to build Herman N. Hipp Hall, a new academic facility, it wasn’t aiming for just a passing grade. The University was going for Gold as the building achieved a “Gold” LEED rating, the first building in the state of South Carolina to receive this certification.
As a private liberal arts university, nationally acclaimed for its academic excellence and campus beauty, promoting sustainability in construction practices is just one facet of the university’s strategic plan, which embraces innovation and improvement. The other facet is lowering energy costs, something that Hipp Hall has already done, saving Furman University about $80,000 since it was completed ……..

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* LEED is U.S. Green Building Council’s green certification program


Photo credits: Figure 1 and 2  ©Furman University, Figure 3  ©Graham

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Hipp Hall | Furman University in Greenville, SC