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Vance Hall Receives LEED Silver Certification

April 13, 2015

A renovation of the first and second floors of Vance Hall has received LEED for Commercial Interiors Silver Certification. This building, located at 3733 Spruce Street, was constructed in 1972 and houses the Wharton School's graduate education program.

Design and program elements of Vance Hall that gained LEED points towards the Silver level designation include:

  • Green Power.  Through the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), we ensured that the amount of energy this building consumes over the next two years is replaced on the electric grid by renewable sources, resulting in a cleaner and more sustainable environment.
  • Daylight and Views.  Vance Hall provides building occupants with a connection between indoor spaces and the outdoors through the introduction of daylight and views.  The design of the spaces allowed for 90% of the 21,000 sf project area to have access to natural daylight.
  • SMaRT Certified products.  SMaRT Certification is a rating system which evaluates a product’s full life cycle and effects on the global environment and economy.  By specifying products which have SMaRT Certification, we are supporting the use of sustainable products and stimulating the development of certified sustainable products.

Read more about Vance Hall at http://operations.wharton.upenn.edu/vance-hall/

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