The Ross School is among the world leaders in research and academic programming devoted to sustainable enterprise. The Ross building is an example of that commitment. Incorporating many architecturally innovative and environmentally responsible features, the building was designed and built in accordance with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.
THE ROSS SCHOOL BUILDING ON A CRISP FALL DAY
High-efficiency lighting and daylight-dimming systems reduce power requirements. Large skylights bring light into offices and teaching areas. Occupancy sensors in faculty offices automatically lower the heat when offices have been vacant for a period of time. A non-ozone-depleting refrigeration system cools the building.
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Three green roofs filter rainfall as part of a natural storm-water management system. Planted with sedum, a drought-resistant perennial groundcover, the living roofs help insulate the building, reduce heating and cooling costs, and improve air quality by trapping airborne dust and dirt. The three roofs, two on the Ross School of Business building and one on the Kresge Library, are expected to last two to three times longer than conventional roofs.
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Automatic faucets, low-flush toilets, and drip irrigation are some of the features designed to restrain water consumption. Quiet and durable cork flooring, a rapidly renewable resource, is used in public spaces. We recycled 94 percent of demolition debris and 50 percent of the debris generated during construction. Much of the material used for the new structure—including concrete, drywall, and steel—is recycled. Finally, as a matter of responsible operations management, we are committed to using environmentally friendly cleaning products and to composting food waste and other disposable products.