Architects of Green Dorm Ban Mini-Fridges, Microwaves

Perkins + Will, the architecture firm behind a new residence hall at Bridgewater State University, have attached an unusual provision to their green design: no mini-fridges or personal microwaves allowed.

Mini-fridges, Lloyd Alter writes, can consume 800 watts of electricity each. Perkins + Will will build communal kitchens for students living at George A. Weygand Hall in order to reduce the total amount of energy used to refrigerate or reheat food.

The architects’ restrictions on use accompany more traditional energy-saving design strategies, including a geothermal well system and automatic heating and cooling systems. “We’ve done our part,” Perkins + Will wrote. “Now it’s up to the newest residents of the building to hold the line!”

Full Story: If you want a green student residence, lose the fridge

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