Sodexo Sustainability Gallery
Real-time energy-use and savings data, generated by the Building Dashboard® system.
The Davis Center is equipped with innovative water-saving technologies. The building was designed to use 41% less water than a conventional building of comparable size (186,000 square feet). In addition, the green roof over the loading dock helps to manage stormwater runoff.
Learn more about what happens to water in and around the building:
- The driveway to the loading dock on the first floor has a special feature that keeps it free of ice in the winter without the use of salt. Radiant tubing under the driveway transfers heat from hot water to the driveway to prevent ice formation. The tubing turns on automatically when sensors detect moisture at low temperatures and turns off when conditions are dry. Stormwater runoff from the driveway is cleaner and less harmful to Lake Champlain because the radiant tubing eliminates the need for road salt.
- Most of the land around the Davis Center is green space that allows stormwater to filter down into it instead of running off into storm drains that carry water to Lake Champlain. The green roof is a good example of how impervious surfaces have been kept to a minimum around the building. Organic pollutants contained in the stormwater are used as nutrients for the plants around Davis instead of going into the Lake.
- Water is conserved by waterless urinals and water-efficient toilets that use 1.6 gallons per flush.
- All of the bathroom sinks have automatic faucets that dispense warm water at a rate of 0.5 gallons per minute when they sense a user's hands under them, and that turn off when no one is using them.
- The showers in the gender-neutral bathrooms on each floor have low-flow showerheads that use 1.5 gallons of water per minute whereas conventional showerheads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute.
- Wastewater from the Davis Center drains through city pipes to the Burlington Wastewater Treatment Plant on Lavalley Lane near the lake. It is important not to dispose of any inappropriate substances in sinks and toilets because after treatment at the wastewater plant, this water is discharged into Lake Champlain.
- The custodial staff keeps building surfaces clean with long-lasting, reusable microfiber cloths and microfiber mops. Microfiber requires less water and chemical cleaning agents to pick up dirt and spills than conventional options, and it requires less time in the dryer than towels, thus saving both water and electricity. Cloths are color-coded by use: red for bathrooms, yellow and blue for general use, and green for windows. Before they are reused, cloths are washed and dried by color group in the building's energy-efficient washer and dryer.
- The front-loading washing machine in Davis has a load-size sensing indicator that allows it to automatically adjust the water level to match the size of the load so that no water is wasted.
- Davis has a fleet of four carpet-cleaning machines that were chosen for their water-conservation features and energy-efficient rechargeable batteries.