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Rinker Hall — University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

LEED Certification Level: Gold
Date Certified: May 7, 2004
*First LEED Gold certified building in Florida


Photo of exterior, Library West, University of Florida
Photo: Timothy Hursley

Rinker Hall, located on the east side of the University of Florida campus, provides a productive and healthy environment for students, faculty and staff through its LEED Gold certified building design and construction. Rinker Hall utilizes energy and water efficiency tactics, environmentally friendly construction methods, and provides high indoor air quality for all of the building’s frequent inhabitants. By designing and constructing a high performance building envelope, as well as utilizing lighting controls such as motion detectors, the building’s energy savings is 50 percent more than the projected savings by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

Key "Green" Features:

  • Bicycle racks and shower facilities
  • Preservation of existing trees and vegetation
  • Adjacent to campus bus stops
  • Use of rainwater harvesting
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures; waterless urinals
  • Reclaimed water system for irrigation
  • High performance wall with “rain screen” metal wall panels, insulclad aluminum doors, and low-emittance insulated glass
  • Building material reuse from previous campus construction, use of recycled content, certified wood, local/regional materials
  • Day lighting used throughout building
  • Low-Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) materials such as interior paint, adhesives
  • Operable windows
  • No smoking policy
  • Waste management plan post-construction

View the USGBC case study.