College of the Atlantic Student Housing Village: Bar Harbor, ME

By Bruce Coldham, FAIA, and Thomas RC Hartman, AIA & Erika Zekos, Associate AIA|

College of the Atlantic Student Village Housing

Building Ecology

It’s one thing to learn about ways to improve the relationship between humans and the environment; it’s another to actually live according to those principles. A new housing complex at Maine’s College of the Atlantic — where every student majors in human ecology — gives students the opportunity to live sustainably. The six houses operate without fossil fuels, relying on a biomass-fueled central boiler plant for heat and hot water. Efficient plumbing fixtures and composting toilets conserve water, while a super insulated and well sealed envelope contributes to an annual net energy use intensity of 27 kBtu/ft2 • yr.

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19 Jun 2013 | Dan Whittet
What a great looking project and a good example of that using traditional methods and resources with improved technology. 
These students will definitely take away the knowledge that living sustainably is possible.
Last I knew Bar Harbor was (Down) East of Augusta.
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