Western Oregon University

Ackerman Hall is the first large-scale, new construction residence hall in the country to achieve LEED Platinum, from the U.S. Green Building Council; an achievement widely regarded as the ultimate 3rd party credential for sustainable construction. The project earned 53 points, exceeding the minimum 52 required for Platinum. The FilterPave porous paving system used in the concourse aided in several key categories.

Since September 2010, the residence hall houses 330 students in September 2010. In addition to the porous FilterPave concourse designed to mimic pools of rainwater, other sustainable amenities include a rainwater harvest system that collects rainwater used for flushing toilets, solar panels and heat ducts that heat air and water, occupancy sensors throughout the building that shut off lights when rooms are unoccupied, low flow water devices in all restrooms, repurposed wood throughout the building that was taken from trees that were removed from the building site at the beginning of construction.

In the first year alone, the facility used 75 percent less water than a conventionally constructed building of the same size and 35 percent less electricity.

LEED® is a registered trademark of the US Green Building Council. FilterPave® is a registered trademark of Presto Products Company.