Light and Energy

About the roof

The roof on the SLTC is designed to reduce heat islands.  A heat island is an urban area that is hotter than the less developed areas around it.  Heat islands occur in urban areas when the roofs of buildings absorb heat, instead of reflecting it away.  Hotter temperatures cause people to use more energy in an attempt to stay cool.  Because of this, the roof on the SLTC has a high solar reflectance index.  A solar reflectance index displays the roof’s ability to reflect the light of the sun off the building, instead of absorbing it.

Natural Light and Energy Consumption

The SLTC has also be designed with many windows to provide plenty of natural light.  These windows help to regulate temperature as well.  The windows will keep the building warmer or cooler, depending on the season.  Overall, these measures are intended to reduce the amount of energy used by nearly 20% off a benchmark standard.

Occupants will also have a broad range of control for their individual lighting and improved thermal comfort environments.  These efforts will dramatically improve the productivity, health and well-being of the occupants and visitors in the new building.

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  • Karla Carney-Hall
    Vice President, Student Affairs
  • Joyce Hardin
    Professor, Biology
  • Taylor Kidd
  • Catherine Lilly
  • Lauren Ricci
  • Alex Schroeller