An old residence hall on campus received an energy-efficient face lift, thanks to Duke Energy's Smart Building Advantage (SBA) program. Duke Hall was built in 1940 and is one of many historical buildings on campus that was built to last. The SBA program has provided incentives that brought the three-story building into the 21st century, giving it new life as a contemporary residence hall that meets the most current environmental standards.
The renovated building has 36 residential suites housing 70 students. Each suite includes its own bath and shower with plumbing fixtures to reduce energy and water consumption. Duke Hall's common areas include a campus community room, laundry rooms and syndicate rooms for studying and small meetings. All areas have high-efficiency lighting for additional energy savings.
To further support the University's sustainability efforts, the Duke Hall project has pursued LEED for Homes certification, with a target rating of "silver." The current structure has been "recycled," with the embodied energy that went into its construction remaining and new systems installed that allow the building to perform more efficiently. An efficient four-pipe mechanical system, for example, connects the building to the future central plant that has been proposed for the JCSU campus.