(Above: JJC's new greenhouse facility)
Joliet Junior College is the first community college in the nation to have a LEED-registered greenhouse.
Completed in December 2009, the new greenhouse facility is the first project to be built as part of the college’s master plan. It features a multi-purpose classroom and three greenhouses totaling nearly 9,000 square feet.
The LEED-registered project also features a rainwater harvesting system, passive ventilation system that reduces energy consumption, and an energy reflective roof surface to reflect solar energy and reduce cooling loads.
- Mechanically ventilated operable roofs
- Passive cooling system
- Computer-controlled greenhouse system
Educational Facility Features
- Multipurpose classroom
- Faculty office space
- Greenhouse support spaces
- Rainwater harvesting system
- Water efficient plumbing fixtures
- Energy efficient mechanical systems and lighting
- High recycled content building materials
- Energy reflective roof surface (High SRI value) to reflect solar energy and reduce cooling loads
- Compact footprint for less impact to the site
- Use of existing site features like the parking lot to reduce materials required to construct the project