Eagle Hall

This page will cover the sustainable practices associated with Eagle Hall, UW-L's most "green" hall. The sections

include Eagle Hall's sustainable practices in energy management, building design, indoor and outdoor amenities.

Energy & Building Management:

Energy Efficiency: UW-L designed Eagle Hall to exceed industry building standards for energy efficiency.  These purposeful steps will decrease operating costs and pollution resulting from consumption of fossil fuels for heating, cooling and electrical use within the building.

Reduced Electrical Use: Eagle Hall includes low wattage lighting and occupancy sensors to reduce energy consumption by 25% compared to a building not using this available technology.  The State of Wisconsin purchases at least 20% green power generated from wind turbines and other renewable energy systems for use in State facilities.

One of the many occupancy/motion sensors placed in our buildings, both new and old, to minimize wasted energy.
One of the many occupancy/motion sensors placed in our buildings, both new and old, to minimize wasted energy.

Energy Management: Eagle Hall contains a large number of energy and utility meters.  UW-L will use the meters to optimize building energy efficiency, operations and comfort.

Sustainable Construction Practices: UW-L has worked with construction contractors to recycle 75% of demolition and construction waste generated from building Eagle Hall.   

Sustainable Building Products: UW-L worked with construction professionals to assure products specified in Eagle Hall contained recycled content.  Products with recycled content benefit the environment by reducing virgin material use and creating solid waste.

Building Material Specifications: Building materials used during construction of Eagle Hall were selected to be less toxic and contain low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s).  Use of building materials with low toxicity and VOC’s improves indoor and outdoor air quality.

Buy Local: UW-L has supported the local economy and reduced transportation costs and environmental impacts by purchasing, to the greatest practical extent, building materials for Eagle Hall that have been extracted, harvested, recovered or manufactured within 500 miles of campus.

Indoor Features:

Superior Indoor Air Quality: UW-L established a high standard for indoor air quality in Eagle Hall that exceeds code requirements. This high standard of air quality contributes to enhanced comfort, well-being and productivity in Eagle Hall’s living, learning and working environment. 

Continual Ventilation System: Monitoring UW-L has incorporated a computer controlled, real-time energy management system into the building heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. This system sustains occupant comfort, maximizes energy efficiency and reduces environmental pollution.

Water Efficiency: Eagle Hall includes low flow toilets, urinals, faucets and shower heads to reduce water consumption by up to 50% from comparable buildings. 

Low flow shower heads
Low flow shower heads

Heating and Cooling Recovery Unit: UW-L has worked with design engineers to develop and install a heating and cooling system that exceeds industry efficiency standards. Eagle Hall contains heat recovery units that use the heat in the outgoing stale air to warm up the incoming fresh air.


Light Pollution: Outdoor lighting at Eagle Hall is designed to shine light downward, where it is desired, instead of shining outward and upward into the sky, where it's not wanted. Poorly designed lighting washes out the darkness of night and alters natural light levels and light rhythms, to which many forms of life have adapted.

Bio-infiltration Basins: Eagle Hall landscaping includes bio-infiltration basins designed to remove 80% of total suspended solids from storm water runoff. Basins allow storm water runoff to enter the soil where it recharges groundwater and restores soil moisture for plants within the basin.