A Green Building

The Wold Center was designed from the ground up to achieve prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.  Not only is sustainability an essential component of the Center's design, but the building itself provides a teaching tool for sustainable practices. Some sustainable features of the Wold Center design and construction include:

  • Use of renewable sources for at least 35% of the building’s energy, via a renewable energy contract and an installed solar photovoltaic system
  • A 3-kW photovoltaic array, using high-performance monocrystalline silicon modules, to satisfy part of the building electrical load
  • A solar thermal collection and storage system using evacuated tube heat pipe technology to supply a portion of the domestic hot water load
  • A ground source heat pump fed by 10 vertical wells adjacent to the building for supplying thermal energy for summer reheat
  • LED light fixtures in many parts of the building
  • An efficient building envelope that provides a high thermal resistance-to-cost ratio
  • Use of a high-albedo covering for the roof and for more than 50% of the non-roof impervious surfaces to minimize summer heat buildup
  • An occupancy/use-based control system for temperature, lighting and ventilation
  • Real-time metering equipment for electricity, steam, chilled water, gas and building service water which allow for ongoing benchmarking and continuous monitoring of energy and other resource consumption in the building
  • An interactive kiosk on the ground floor that allows visitors to view real-time data and historical data from the building’s energy systems
  • The incorporation of many low volatile organic compound (VOC)-containing materials, including adhesives, sealants, paints, carpet and composite wood
  • The incorporation of building materials with a high percentage of post-consumer and post-industrial recycled content