Diana goes green, opts for sustainability

By Zaki Yamani ZakariaNo Comments

vag-goes-green-by-jin-chen_0Barnard’s new Diana Center may be bright orange at the moment, but planners and architects plan to make sure the building “goes green.”

When the Diana opens in 2010, it will follow in the footsteps of a number of recently renovated Columbia structures opting for sustainability, as it has a certified silver rating from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The newly renovated Columbia Faculty House was also LEED certified.

“Barnard is really conscientious of our community and also our environment,” said Giselle Léon, BC ’10 and vice president of communications of the Barnard Student Government Association, said. Léon is also a member of the Diana Opening Committee.

The Diana will include a host of environmentally friendly features, such as a daylight dimming system and recycled building materials. Perhaps the most visually striking feature of the Diana Center will be the green planted roof, which can help to reduce storm runoff, extend the life of the roofing membrane, and reduce the heat load of the building. The roof will also provide an additional social area for students as well as resources for the biology department.

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