UNC dorm wins 'green' building award

Posted October 26, 2010

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— Morrison Residence Hall at the University of North Carolina is the biggest loser in a national competition to reduce energy use and waste.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star National Building program challenged teams representing 14 buildings to measure and reduce energy use over the year that ended Aug. 31.

Morrison Hall residents competed to see which floor could save the most energy by turning off  lights and computers. They tracked energy consumption with a touch-screen computer in the dorm's lobby and maximized the building's heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

In all, energy consumption in the dormitory was cut by 35.7 percent, saving $250,000 in utility bills.

A Sears store in Glen Burnie, Md., finished second in the Energy Star competition, with a 31.7 percent reduction in consumption, followed by a JC Penney store in Orange, Calif., at 28.4 percent.

Tucker Residence Hall at North Carolina State University finished eighth in the competition, with students cutting energy usages by 10.3 percent.


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  • durham_nc Oct 26, 2010

    and I hope a portion of the savings went towards a down payment on those solar panels. :)

  • R from Raleigh Oct 26, 2010

    Congrats - Great effort by everyone to be so successfull. Sounds like some great leadership for this success. Good leason for others to learn. I hope a small portion of the savings was/is given as a reward party to the residents.

  • mpheels Oct 26, 2010

    dabink - the building houses 900+ people. $750K for 900+ people over 12 months (yes, the buildings are in use throughout the summer) doesn't sound that bad to me. It works out to about $70/person each month and includes the energy needed to heat and cool common areas, light common areas, and run elevators.

  • fencergrrl Oct 26, 2010

    Former Mo-town resident. Proud that more buildings are going green. Every little bit helps. Go Heels!

  • santaanagirl052 Oct 26, 2010

    Congrats for caring enough to make a difference, for your hard work and efforts. A very well deserved Victory. !! Go UNC!

    and for you scrooges out there, dont waste precious space with your negativity!

  • Isabella Oct 26, 2010

    Congrats for doing something worthwhile guys!

    And boo to everyone who can only see negativity (and false negativity at that!) in things.

  • hppyhourhero Oct 26, 2010

    cantstandgoloanymore....My thoughts exactly.

  • Nunya123 Oct 26, 2010

    OMG. People whine to whine. Its always a conspiracy or cover up. Get a life.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 26, 2010

    But can they toss eggs or catch fish?


  • u stand corrected Oct 26, 2010

    Now if you could just fix your football team!!! LOL