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The Easley Campus of Tri-County Technical College is pleased to play a role in the emerging green economy. We believe community colleges can and will be one of the most influential and impactful networks to lead its development nationally. The Academic Building at our Easley Campus meets the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification requirements established developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Additional details are provided below:

  • Sustainable Buildings: The Academic Building was designed and constructed using sustainable methods. Sustainable or “green” buildings are those that efficiently use energy, water, and materials and reduce the building’s negative impact on health and the environment. Please look for signs throughout the building that highlight sustainable features.
  • Water Efficient Landscaping: The Easley Campus used native plant species allowing for minimal irrigation requirements. These efforts contributed to a 50% reduction of potable water resources needed for irrigation.
  • Indoor Air Quality: To make sure the air is of the highest quality, carbon dioxide monitors are located throughout the building. Additionally, all adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, composite wood products and carpets meet the safety standards for low VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
  • Recycling: The Academic Building has designated areas for the collection, separation, and storage of recyclables. Recycling was also considered during the construction of the facility with over 30% of the total value of materials containing recycled content.
  • Energy Efficiency: The Academic Building uses a high efficiency chiller and a heat pipe heat recovery system to assist in producing an efficient, reduced energy HVAC system. In addition, interior light fixtures use high-efficiency bulbs that conserve energy and are controlled by motion-sensitive occupancy sensors. These design features allow for 19% energy savings.
  • Water Use Reduction: The Academic Building utilizes low flow restroom fixtures with occupancy sensors. These techniques helped to attain a 30% reduction in water use.