Sustainable Housing: Wolf Ridge leading the way

Wolf Ridge

University Housing’s latest construction project, Wolf Ridge at Centennial, is located on Centennial Campus and set to open fall 2013. This new complex is the first student housing on Centennial Campus and the first LEED certified residence hall at NC State. 

LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized green building program managed by the Green Building Council, which provides third-party verification of sustainable practices in building construction and function. LEED projects are established in more than 135 countries and University Housing is excited to add Wolf Ridge to the list.

“One of our core values is sustainability, so it is important that our buildings also reflect this value,” said Susan Grant, Director of University Housing. “We have several residence halls that are Energy Star rated, but our LEED Silver certification for Wolf Ridge will take us to the next level.”

Obtaining a LEED certification is not an easy task. Creating an environmentally responsible property requires more upfront investment with the goal of reducing both operating costs and impact to the environment over time. One way Wolf Ridge is already meeting the environmental impact goal is by diverting nearly 70 percent of waste from the landfill during construction, including dirt removal.

Wolf Ridge LEED Silver Certified sustainable features also include:
• Location less than a quarter mile walking distance from several public, campus, and private bus lines.
• Storm water usage incorporated into building design.
• Landscaping with local, drought-tolerant plants.
• 50,000-gallon cistern collecting rain water for irrigating the property.
• Community laundries reduce the usage of water per year/per unit.
• Low flow water toilets and urinals reduce water usage.
• Low flow faucets in kitchens and bathrooms decrease water waste.
• Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting throughout the property decreases energy costs.
• Recapturing conditioned air/ heat from the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system reduces heating/cooling costs.
• Use of Energy Star© rated appliances in each apartment.
• Kiosks educate students about energy consumption of different floors and rooms.
• Local and recycled materials used in construction.
• Low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, coatings, adhesives and sealants.

Students can also contribute to the environmentally friendly nature of Wolf Ridge through education and programming. Students are encouraged to reduce their own carbon footprint by recycling, reducing shower times, taking the stairs, and unplugging electronics. These small changes in behavior have a tremendous impact on operating costs and impact to the environment because of the large number of students housed on campus.

If your student will be a sophomore, junior or senior for fall 2013, and is interested in a green housing option next semester,  encourage him or her to sign up to live at Wolf Ridge during Housing Selection on February 11-28. Wolf Ridge options for next semester begin February 11.