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4 Passive House Dorms Planned for Bowdoin's Park Row this Summer

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This summer Lavallee Brensinger Architects will help Wright-Ryan Construction’s team build four passive house dorms for the upperclassmen of the college to reside in. 22 students will live in each of the four buildings that stretch over 3.56 acres on the college’s Park Row.

These “passive dorms” are expected to use 50% less energy than traditional construction. The buildings will be connected to the campus central heating plant, while reducing emissions and efficiently using energy. The Passive House construction is designed with specific windows and insulation so that the building generates much of its own heat.

In 2009, Bowdoin set a goal to achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2020. The school added roof gardens, solar panels and LEED platinum certified buildings. This past April, Bowdoin College met their goal two years earlier than expected, and reduced their school’s carbon emissions by 29%. Bowdoin continues to work towards a sustainable campus with the addition of these new buildings.

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