As the first LEED Platinum building on the Montana State University campus, Norm Asbjornson Hall elevates sustainable design to a new level. Utilizing multiple solar walls and an underground geothermal system, the facility is predominately heated and cooled by natural sources.
A built-in data collection system tracks building performance for optimum long-term efficiency while simultaneously serving as an instructional tool for students. Because the building typically generates more energy than it uses, excess heat can be transferred to support surrounding facilities. This transfer of energy to less efficient buildings has initiated a new Energy District on campus, further enhancing MSU’s sustainability as a whole.