Unity College green dorm moving forward with construction

5:34 PM, Jul 5, 2011   |    comments
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UNITY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Construction is moving right along on the Terrahaus, a green dormitory for students at Unity College, what's expected to be the most energy efficient building of its kind in the country.

Construction work began just after graduation, and ten students will be moving in when school resumes in the fall. The building is expected to use 90% less energy for space heating than a normal code compliant building in Maine, and it will also have energy efficient windows and insulation systems.

School officials are hopeful the project will not just be unique to Unity College.

"We're small enough here to be cutting edge, to research what's new in sustainability, and to be able to model that for the rest of the country," Unity College professor Doug Fox said.

Construction is expected to be completed at the end of August in time for the students to move in, and the school plans on building two more similar dorms in the future.


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