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Monday, December 5, 2011

Cornell University recognized for efforts taken in Energy Efficiency

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has awarded Cornell University the High Performance Building Plaque for the adaptive reuse and renovation of Riley Hall.  Riley Hall's east wing, once home to a vintage large equipment lab was recently adapted to a suite of wet labs for state-of-the-art cellulosic biomass biofuels research and development. With $111,865 in NYSERDA funding, Cornell University incorporated HVAC controls, heat recovery and light controls into the new labs.  The renovations are expected to save 536,973 kilowatt hours of electricity, approximately the same amount of energy used annually by 73 single-family homes.

Riley Hall's renovation were funded by NYSERDA's New Construction Program, which provides assistance to incorporate energy efficiency and sustainable building practices into the design, construction and operation of new/renovated buildings.  In addition, the program assists those pursuing LEED certification for energy efficiency.

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