Rethink, reuse, recycle. If you’re like me, those words lead you to think about recycling cans, glass bottles, food scraps–maybe even out-worn clothing. But how about an entire building?
The College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah has a plan to rethink, reuse and recycle its home. It was constructed in the early 1970s when energy consumption was a fact of life, not a mandate for reduction. Now, growth of the College and its mission–exercising stewardship of the built environment to preserve history, landscape and resources–have made remodeling the building and maintaining net-zero energy use not only a priority, but a one-of-a kind project. Dean Brenda Scheer answers questions about the Net-Zero Initiative in an interview on the blog Smart Planet.
Also, CA+P students have mounted an exhibition about the project, and it is open now until November 4th in the main hall of the Architecture Building. A preview of the exhibit is here.