Grainger Hall

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Grainger Hall Features

  • a green roof
  • solar hot water and photovoltaic systems
  • greywater and rainwater recycling for toilets and irrigation,
  • natural lighting
  • chilled beam system for air conditioning
  • thermal corridor that provides natural insulation for offices and laboratories.
  • environmental art gallery.

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Duke Grainger Hall, the 70,000-square-foot new home of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, opened on April 10, 2014 as Environment Hall. It was renamed Grainger Hall in October 2018.

The five-story glass-and-concrete building, located on Circuit Drive on Duke’s West Campus, incorporates start-of-the-art green features and technologies inside and out. It has been designed to meet or exceed the criteria for LEED Green Building platinum certification, the highest level of sustainability.
The hall houses five classrooms, a 105-seat auditorium, 45 private offices, 72 open office spaces, a 32-seat computer lab, an outdoor courtyard and an environmental art gallery, as well as conference rooms, shared workrooms and common.
Green features range from rooftop solar panels and innovative climate control and water systems, to special windows that moderate light and heat, to an organic orchard and sustainably designed landscaping.

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