Model Green Rooms
by Mog,Justin M — last modified Oct 18, 2013 11:11 AM
UofL is retrofitting various rooms around campus to serve as models for sustainable design principles.
UofL's model Green Dorm Room opened in Louisville Hall (Room 605) in Fall 2009 but was first developed as a challenge to 10 students in Jamie Horwitz's Spring 2009 Sustainable Architecture course. At the request of Russ Barnett, director of research and development for the Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development, these students gave their input to design the room as a model of sustainable living on campus. Turning the students' conceptual design into an actual dorm room was made possible with a $5,000 grant from Arts and Sciences Dean Blaine Hudson.
Certain features distinguish this room from any other on campus. These differences are much more sustainable and aesthetically pleasing:
With high ceilings, large windows and the several distinctive "green" characteristics, the room is more like a modern, innovative, energy efficient living space than a typical dorm.Residents of the model green dorm room participate actively in the Housing Green Committee, act as sustainability leaders within the community, and welcome tours to demonstrate sustainable living principles.
In 2010, UofL Interior Architecture students were again engaged in the next model green room design challenge: The conference room for Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences in Gardiner Hall, Room 230. The project moved to implementation during the Fall of 2010, with support from the Kentuckiana Chapter of Hazardous Materials Managers (KCHMM) who dedicated UofL's model green conference room during a special ceremony at KCHMM's annual gathering on November 3rd, 2010. The room features:
Model Green Office
In the spring of 2012, the Department of Urban & Public Affairs launched an effort to perform a low-cost, green renovation on the Department Chair's office based on designs from another class of UofL Interior Architecture students. The final renovation includes the following green elements in Room 100 of the Urban Studies Institute (426 W. Bloom St.):
Read More: Professor gets green office makeover (UofL Today, Aug. 20, 2013)
The Sustainability Council hopes to see this program expand to include more Model Green Spaces around campus - from labs to classrooms to clinics!