ASU Cronkite School of Journalism

ASU Cronkite School of Journalism

Project Details

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    Phoenix, Arizona

Square Footage

    220,000 sf

Project Type

    LEED Energy Analysis

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ASU Cronkite School of Journalism

Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism has achieved a silver rating in LEED certification with 37 credits.  These points were documented in categories such as sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process.

The building is insulated with R-19 batt insulation while the roof makes use of R-30 insulation.  High performance Low-e glass (Viracon VE2-55) is used for each of the windows. Lighting in the building is 8% better than ASHRAE allowable lighting levels and utilizes occupancy sensors to increase energy efficiency.

There is an air handler on each of the first five floors and four dedicated handlers on the sixth floor to serve each of the studios.  Each of the HVAC system air handlers is equipped with variable speed drives and outdoor air economizer capability allowing us to reduce outdoor air ventilation requirements whenever the building is at less than design occupancy. The current demand controlled ventilation (DCV) strategy will also allow for the minimum flow on the VAV terminals to be reset to lower flow based on differential CO2 loads.

Additional features include a water conservation measure that captures condensation from air-handler units which is then used in the water fountain adjacent to the Cronkite School’s main entrance. From here, it is channeled to landscaped areas where it supplements water used for irrigation. Overall, the Cronkite School of Journalism has the potential for 17.8% energy cost savings over ASHRAE standards.  All of the energy saving measures and high efficiency designs will total a savings of 752,310 pounds of CO2 emissions this year.

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