Tour of Ross Hall Cogeneration Plant
GW's Science and Engineering Hall (SEH), completed in 2015, is the largest academic building dedicated to science and engineering in the nation’s capital (~500,000 sq ft.). This innovative building has incorporated numerous features to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards.
It is powered by a cogeneration system, which combines electricity and heat production, located in nearby Ross Hall. This reduced the SEH carbon footprint by 8,100 metric tons per year — the equivalent of eliminating 1,500 vehicles or planting 1,875 acres of forest — compared with conventional energy sources. By viewing a building as an ecosystem in itself, GW’s green building strategy has helped to both reduce the use of natural resources and enhance ecosystem services, contributing to progress on multiple sustainability targets.