Green building design has both an environmental and economic sustainability component. The College is committed to environmental stewardship including construction of green buildings; however, design choices must be made in light of the ability of the College to finance the project. The following Environmentally Responsible Building Principles serve as a guide in decision making during building siting, design, construction, and operation. MHC Environmentally Responsible Performance Guidelines detail siting, design and construction requirements to meet these Principles.
- Site and design the building to minimize long-term environmental impact and operate the building to maximize the benefit of the environmental design elements.
- Design and construct the building to minimize the impact on the natural environment of the site and the campus.
- Optimize use of passive energy strategies to make the most of natural lighting, heating, cooling and shading to complement mechanical systems.
- Design mechanical lighting, heating and cooling systems to minimize energy use and emission of greenhouse gases.
- Create a comfortable and healthy indoor environment.
- Minimize potable water use by mechanical systems, building occupants, and for exterior landscaping.
- Minimize and control water runoff from the site to prevent degradation of Stony Brook and Upper and Lower Lakes.
- Use building materials that minimize the life cycle environmental impact of those materials.
- Minimize waste generation during the construction process and maximize reuse and recycling.
The following principles apply to the design process.
- Introduce environmental responsibility early in the planning process.
- Hire architects, engineers, and construction managers with experience in environmental design and construction and work collaboratively to achieve project goals.
- Use life cycle costing to evaluate building cost.
- Use building commissioning to evaluate systems and ensure performance standards are met.