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Broadway Housing Building

Broadway Housing BuildingCompleted in Fall 2004, the Broadway Housing Building is a mixed-use building containing ground floor retail space, second floor classrooms and offices, and 8 additional levels of student housing. The building boasts the largest ecoroof in the city and received a Silver LEED rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements including pre-demolition salvage, construction and demolition waste recycling, high-efficiency wall insulation, heat recovery systems, and alternative transportation promotion.

Water Savings

Low-flow fixtures reduce the Broadway Building's demand for municipally treated potable water, thereby generating wastewater savings for students, tenants and the University. PSU estimates that Broadway Housing's use of low-flow fixtures such as double-flush toilets have the potential to reduce water usage in the building by as much as 20 percent.

Energy Savings

The Broadway Building's integrated energy efficient building design includes high-efficiency lighting in common areas, window films on the building's west and south-facing sides to control solar heat gain, Energy Star appliances, programmable thermostats for regularly occupied spaces, an ecoroof, increased wall insulation, a condensing water heater, toilet exhaust heat recovery, and high performance window glass. These features provide approximately 51% electricity savings and 53% natural gas savings annually.


Broadway Housing Building EcoroofThe Broadway Building's ecoroof reduces stormwater runoff, one of the main contributors to urban water pollution. As rain runs off roofs and into our waterways, it takes with it sediment, metals, oil, grease, bacteria and chemicals that threaten water quality. The soil and plants on the ecoroof partially absorb stormwater and release water through evaporation and evapotranspiration. This reduces the building's total stormwater runoff. The ecoroof also provides natural insulation that reduces the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling, provides wildlife with urban habitat, is included on campus sustainability tours, and offers students and faculty the opportunity to conduct research on an emerging green building design feature.