- Associated Press - Sunday, December 21, 2014

STORRS, Conn. (AP) - The University of Connecticut is being recognized for building environmentally friendly buildings.

Oak Hall, one of two new classroom buildings built to replace the aging Monteith and Arjona halls, has just received an LEED Gold Certification by the United States Green Building Council. It’s the second building recognized with the distinction. The other is its partner classroom building, Laurel Hall, which received the certification in 2011.

The buildings include energy-saving window glazing, low-flow valves and faucets, high-performance insulation, and use of renewable materials such as recycled copper. It also has indoor air quality controls and water-efficient bathroom fixtures. Laurel includes a feature known as a “green roof” in which vegetation covering the roof reduces stormwater runoff and helps cut down on heating and cooling costs.

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