BUILDING EFFICIENCY AND BUILDING SUSTAINABILITY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE NATURAL SCIENCE BUILDING AT SUNY COLLEGE AT OLD WESTBURY: A CASE STUDY ACROSS SUNY CAMPUSES
Plans for the renovation of the Natural Science Building at SUNY College at Old Westbury, have been around for close to a decade but only recently will contract bidding for the actual renovation begin Spring 2022. The building is in a state of disrepair, and as we progress in an era of climate mitigation and adaptation, the renovation will also serve as a project to increase building efficiency and sustainability to match goals set in place by SUNY and New York State. This paper aims to recommend building efficiency and building sustainability options for the Natural Science Building through studying all 64 SUNY owned campuses. For that, this paper first proceeded by developing a background review of current global, state, and state-owned education goals of building efficiency and sustainability, followed by discussing current campus efforts. Second, tabulated data of all 64 owned SUNY campuses were collected with information specifically about building efficiency and sustainability. Third, data was analyzed graphically and reported within the results section. Then, recommendations were created based on trending data and concerns well known within the campus community. Lastly, a conclusion written with final thoughts. Results showed that most campus’ used LEED for standards or certification and that solar power was the most used renewable resource on/off campus. Furthermore, for every LEED Silver and Gold on a campus building, half were certification from a campus’ science building. Among all LEED Platinum buildings, science buildings accounted for 3 out of the 4 listings. We conclude by recommending that the Natural Science Building be built to LEED Gold standards, with a push for geothermal, while addressing the top concerns agreed on by staff and faculty for building efficiency and sustainability.