UVM Dudley H. Davis Center
The University of Vermont (UVM) Davis Center was the first student center to receive LEED Gold certification for new construction from the U.S. Green Building Council. This cutting-edge, 186,000 square-foot building features a 19,000 square-foot green roof, built-in compost storage coolers, waterless urinals, and an energy efficient HVAC system. It diverts more than 60 percent of its waste from the landfill. In 2010, the Davis Center received the Innovative Achievement Award, sponsored by American Campus Communities. The Davis Center represents UVM's commitment to the environment and green building practices.
Cx Associates worked as UVM's independent building commissioning authority to ensure that the design and installation of the Davis Center's systems matched UVM's high performance standards. The commissioning process, which includes design review, construction verification and performance testing, identified over four hundred design and construction issues. Here are a few examples of the types of issues raised by by Cx Associates and the benefits that resulted from their identification and resolution:
- Design Issue: Design called for constant volume energy recovery units (ERU), air handling units (AHU) and kitchen exhaust fans. Cx Associates recommended the use of variable air volume (VAV) fans in all three systems to achieve significant energy savings.
Due to these and hundreds of other commissioning recommendations, UVM cut both construction and operating costs, while ensuring that the performance of the building's systems matched the university's ideals. The result: a visionary building with systems that demonstrate UVM's commitment to meeting the challenges of a new century.