Information Technology Facility
The University of Iowa Information Technology Facility (ITF) was completed in 2011, and was the first building on campus to earn LEED Platinum certification—the ultimate standard for green design. The building also received the Excellence in Engineering Award, First Place, ASHRAE, Illinois Chapter.
- Annual energy savings are estimated at 71 percent
- Diverted construction waste from landfill: 341 tons (86 percent of total)
- 55 percent of wood-based construction materials were Forest Stewardship Council certified, and 32 percent of the total construction materials were recycled.
- Almost half of the building materials came from within 500 miles.
- Efficient fixtures: will cut potable water use by an estimated 41 percent
- Bicycle storage, shower facilities, and carpool parking
- 7,800-square-foot garden-like area on 6 feet of soil with 1,500 plantings will retain and absorb water runoff. It will serve as a natural filter and provide erosion control.
- Minimal “ heat island effect” thanks to a white roof and highly reflective materialsLow-emitting materials throughout the building
- Optimal indoor air quality through enhanced ventilation and thermal comfort design, and implementation of a green cleaning program