By: Ben Anderson
Warren Wilson College, the first college or university in North Carolina with a LEED Gold Certified Building, now has a third Gold building on its campus.
The Village North residence hall, part of a two-building, 80-bed community that opened in August 2006, joins Village South in achieving LEED Gold certification. LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council that sets standards for the "design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings."
Designed by Performa Higher Education and built with extensive input from students, the Village features apartment-style dorms and an arts-and-crafts, environmentally responsible design. The LEED Gold rating certifies that Village North and South meet several green building criteria, including benchmarks for energy and water conservation; reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and waste sent to landfills; and indoor environmental quality.
The Village residence halls follow in the green footsteps of the Doug and Darcy Orr Cottage, which houses the Warren Wilson College admission and advancement offices. In 2006, Orr Cottage became the second building of any type in North Carolina to achieve LEED Gold certification.