IMPROPER ENERGY PERFORMANCE METRICS: ADAM JOSEPH LEWIS CENTER, OBERLIN COLLEGE
The Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies (AJLC) at Oberlin College had been claiming zero energy performance for 11 years, and the building's status had been highly publicized.
Published three years ago, it details the mid-1990s planning and construction of the Adam Joseph Lewis Center, housing the Environmental Studies program at Ohio's Oberlin College.
But the Adam Joseph Lewis Center saga leaves much for prospective green designers to chew on.
The college practices what it preaches, having just completed a cutting-edge green building, the Adam Joseph Lewis Center
. Designing the building was a 10-year effort, led by some of the premier thinkers in the field, including architect William McDonough, energy guru Amory Lovins and closed-loop "living system" pioneer John Todd.
That is one of the lessons David Orr learned while trying to build the Adam Joseph Lewis Center
at Oberlin College (Ohio), the first substantially green building on a college campus.
Learning green design lessons is what the Adam Joseph Lewis Center
at Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH is all about.
The 260 students who were involved in researching the Adam Joseph Lewis Center
for Environmental Studies have graduated with an understanding of what it takes to create a sustainable building: one that generates more electricity than it uses, discharges no contaminated water, uses no toxic materials and is surrounded by landscape that promotes biological diversity.