BOZEMAN – The Norm Asbjornson hall at Montana State University received the Innovative Design Award recently.
The award as part of the new construction category from the U.S. Green Building. The building opened in December and scored an 82 out of a possible 109 on the Leadership in energy and environmental design. The building was constructed to use half of the energy that other buildings on campus use through solar walls, a heat pump, and a geothermal system that helps warm and cool the building.
“That means we design efficiently, design buildings that are meant to last for decades and decades of student use and use our energy resources as effectively as possible so that we are not only saving the university money but setting a good example for the kind of design that’s going to be sustainable in the future,” MSU news Director Mike Becker said.
The Norm Asbjornson hall is one of ten buildings in Montana that is certified LEED platinum.
Reporting by Carson Vickroy for MTN News