Construction is currently underway on SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Hilltop Residence Hall and is expected to open in fall 2020. The residence hall will be “zero-net, carbon certified,” meaning in addition to exceeding existing energy codes, the infrastructure to add future on-site renewable energy production systems will be in place. Once these systems are installed, the building will use equal to or less than the energy annually it can produce on-site through renewable resources.
The building’s design revolves around sustainability and energy efficiency to save energy and improve the mental and physical health of its residents. The residence hall will include hotel-style student rooms with adjacent lounges, kitchens, study and laundry areas, as well as a multi-purpose room, game room and a bike storage area. It will also include many outdoor green spaces such as a courtyard and trellised area with outdoor grills, and incorporate a bioretention/rain garden to detain storm water runoff and remove contaminants from the water. In addition, the residence hall will include connections to a future photovoltaic/solar power system.