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Preserving Campus Architecture Through Efficiency

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Bennington College 2016
Photo credit: Efficiency Vermont

Source: Efficiency Vermont (EVT)

Brilliance in Bennington

Bennington College joined the ranks of the Ivy Leagues by being named one of “ten college campuses with the best architecture” by Architectural Digest in 2011. This small liberal arts college has approximately 60 buildings, each with a unique architectural design that it hopes to preserve. Most buildings were built before the 1970s, when thermal envelopes were less of a concern, resulting in inefficiencies today.

One of Bennington College’s most prominent buildings is their Visual and Performing Arts building (VAPA). The north-facing side is primarily glass that provides perfect natural light for artists but makes the building challenging to heat. Efficiency Vermont was brought in to help the college improve the efficiency of important buildings like VAPA while preserving key design elements and the feel of the campus. The various upgrades to VAPA, including improved ventilation and theater lighting, are saving Bennington $119,170 and 683,420 kWh annually.

Thinking CAP(A) on

For their newest building, The Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA), Bennington College involved Efficiency Vermont early on in the planning process to ensure that CAPA was built with efficiency in mind, saving $10,510 and 88,250 kWh annually. Additionally, Bennington College is in the midst of a campus-wide energy audit that will provide systematic direction on future retrofits. The college is also one of more than 65 participants in Efficiency Vermont’s Energy Leadership Challenge that have pledged to reduce their energy use by 7.5% over two years. Through these initiatives and more, their commitment to integrating building design, preservation and efficiency is providing benefits now that will also pave the way for generations of students to come.

Overall Stats

$156,900 saved per year

1,042,820 kWh saved per year


For more information, please contact Efficiency Vermont at (888-921-5990)