Energy Efficiency

University of Florida Displays Energy Efficiency Through Superior Design, Not Elevated Costs

The University of Florida, Gainesville, has built a highly efficient campus building for the same cost as a conventional building, yet it is 56% more energy-efficient.


Univ. of FL M.E. Rinker, Sr. Hall, School of Building Construction: Gainesville, FL

High Performing Buildings, February 15, 2014

Rinker Hall at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL helps prove that energy performance can be achieved through superior design, not elevated costs. Rinker Hall achieves 56% energy savings over a conventional building. It was built for $6.6 million or $139/ft². This is roughly the same cost of other classroom buildings completed at about the same time on campus but without the sustainable characteristics. Skylights cover the three-story central circulation spine. Rinker Hall is oriented on a pure north-south solar axis, increasing daylighting contribution by 30%. Daylighting features preserve the natural or benign variability of the light.

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