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Adam Joseph Lewis Center, Oberlin, Ohio, USA

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Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies in Oberlin College campus is a new construction, completed in January 2000 with gross floor area of about 1260 square meters (or 13,600 square feet). It’s considered zero energy and a carbon neutral building consisting of auditoriums, office spaces, a library and an open atrium. Two photovoltaic systems, installed on the roof (371-square-meter monocrystalline PV panels) and over the parking lot not only provide electricity for the whole building but also gives an opportunity to share excess energy with the community. Energy is also saved due to operable windows and a south-facing curtain wall which maximize natural daylight. The unique water treatment system in the center is called the Living Machine. Building materials used are local. Owned by Oberlin College Corporation, the Center for Environmental Studies was named “one of the 30 milestone buildings of the 20th century” by the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2002 the center appeared in the list of Top Ten Green Buildings by AIA Committee. The center offers educational courses in such aspects as Culture and Interpretation, Natural Resource Economics, Environment and Society, Ecological Design, etc.

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