Sustainability

From building materials to water and energy consumption, Evans Hall employs the latest technology in its cutting-edge, sustainable design.

Sustainable Site

Native vegetation reduces maintenance and irrigation requirements, underground parking reduces the heat island effect, stormwater collection tank and infiltration beds reduce runoff, covered parking is provided for 104 bicycles with shower/changing rooms, and infrastructure exists for electric vehicle charging stations.

Water Efficiency

Low-flow plumbing fixtures and reduced outdoor irrigation reduce the demand for water at Evans Hall. 

Energy & Atmosphere

Chilled beams and radiant floor systems reduce energy consumption; fans and pumps are controlled by variable frequency drives to reduce electricity use; solar shading, high-performance windows, and reflective roof all reduce heating and cooling loads; daylight-controlled LED lighting with dimming controls reduce electricity use; garage ventilation is controlled by carbon monoxide sensors; and refrigerants avoid use of CFCs to reduce impacts on global warming and ozone depletion.

Dining Services

In all of its operations—including the popular Evans Hall Café coffee shop and the full menus and hot meals in Charley's Place, a full-service dining hall—the Yale SOM dining team uses ingredients efficiently, emphasizes recycling and composting, and spotlights local products.

Materials & Resources

About 75% of construction and demolition debris was diverted from landfills, many building materials (such as steel and concrete) utilize substantial recycled content, most wood is FSC-certified, and over 10% of materials were procured from within 500 miles of New Haven.



Indoor Environment Quality

Adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, and flooring systems contain low levels of volatile organic compounds, a building flush-out was conducted prior to occupancy, and carbon dioxide sensors adjust fresh air volumes to the occupancy load.