Barto Hall is the first construction project to achieve LEED GBCI (Green Business Certification Incorporated) certification on the Central Washington University campus. GBCI is the only certification and credentialing body within the green business and sustainability industry to exclusively administer project certifications and professional credentials of LEED. Barto Hall revieved the Platinum rating.
Barto Hall uses a combination of low-flow and Hydropower ™ fixtures (which use the energy of the water flowing through them to recharge their batteries) to reduce water consumption by 21%. Water fountains which allow students to refill water bottles are included to encourage students to use reusable bottles.
Barto Hall uses a combination of solar energy, in the form of photovoltaic cells and roof mounted evacuated tube solar collectors which preheat water to reduce energy demand. The elevators make use of EcoDisc motors to reduce and recover energy when the elevator is used.
Barto Hall reused more than 75% of the original structure, recycling and reusing the majority of the concrete, wood, metal and gypsum board in the original Barto Hall.
Rain gardens placed around Barto Hall collect runoff in order to redirect it from the stormwater drain system and allow it to infiltrate into the local water table. Drought resistant plants reduce the need to water.