Carnegie Mellon University: Stever House Residence Hall

Carnegie Mellon University: Stever House Residence Hall

Project Information

USGBC Project ID: 10000240


1030 Morewood Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Project Details

Completion Date: 2003

Building Size (sq. ft.): 71,140

Originally dubbed "New House," Stever House was the first university residence hall in the U.S. to achieve LEED certification. The building's energy use is 31% below standard; a CMU wind power contract supplies a portion of its energy. Individual fans and operable windows deliver fresh air to each room. Over 97% of construction waste was diverted from landfills.

For a more in-depth look at Stever House, see its project case study here.  


Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence

LEED Green Building Features

Sustainable Sites

The site minimized negative environmental impacts and utilizes existing infrastructure. It has convenient access to public transportation; bicycle/pedestrian means of transportation are supported. No additional parking spaces were added to the site. A white roof was installed, designed to minimize urban heat island effect. Exterior lighting has been designed to minimize light pollution. Native vegetation was used throughout the site. Over 50 ash and serviceberry trees are a main feature of the landscape.

Water Efficiency

No potable water is used for landscape irrigation. Native Western Pennsylvania trees, shrubs and grasses eliminate the need for an irrigation system, reducing capital costs.

Energy & Atmosphere

CMU purchases Green-e Certified wind power for the campus. Computer modeling expects 31% less energy than a baseline model regulated by ASHRAE/IESNA standard 90.1-1999. There is an ongoing plan for optimizing building energy performance. Mechanical systems in the building were designed for appropriate use patterns and occupant control. Extensive building commissioning has occurred to ensure maximum energy efficiency. Measurement and verification is used to track energy use. Energy-efficient washer machines have been installed.

Materials & Resources

By utilizing a local sorting/recycling facility, over 97% of construction waste was diverted from landfills. All major building materials (concrete block, precast concrete planks, face brick) were extracted and produced locally. Materials with recycled content were selected. FSC Certified wood was used throughout the space. Dedicated recycling stations have been located on each floor next to the elevator and study rooms. Separation and recycling of glass, plastic, paper, metal and cardboard has been taken in effect.

Indoor Environmental Quality

An individually controlled 4-pipe fan coil unit has been installed. Each dorm room receives a fresh supply of air, replacing 10 percent of each room's volume per hour. Operable windows allow residents to have control over their rooms' air quality. The building is a non-smoking building. Construction IAQ management plan was implemented during construction and before occupancy. The building complies with ASHRAE 55-1992. Ongoing air monitoring occurs. Low-VOC materials improve air quality. The site is designed to control indoor pollutant sources and sinks, and is also designed to ensure acceptable acoustic properties. Split task & ambient lighting increases thermal comfort. Daylighting and exterior views exists for 90% of the spaces. Viral and allergy related sickness are expected to decrease compared to other campus housing. Health of resident hall expected to be among highest in the nation.


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