Deerfield Hall was constructed in 2014. It replaced half of the old North Building, with the second half of the construction completed in 2018.
In keeping with UTM's committment to Grow Smart, Grow Green, the building is certified LEED silver.
Green features of the building include:
- The building has two green roofs. Green roofs have many benefits: They reduce the urban heat island effect; provide habitat for wildlife; the soil helps to insulate the building and they also help to reduce stormwater runoff.
- The portions of the roof that are not green are high-albedo (white) roofs. This reflects heat, and helps to reduce the energy needed for air conditioning in the summer.
- Low-flow plumbing fixtures, which greatly reduce water use in the building as compared to a conventional building
- A rainwater reuse system: When it rains, the water that falls on the roofs of the building is directed to large underground cistern. The collected rainwater is used for flushing toilets, cutting down on the need to use potable water.
- Energy-efficient mechanical systems. While these systems are largely 'behind the scenes' and out of the public eye, they save a significant amount of energy compared to a conventional building.
- Efficient lighting — most of the lighting in the building is light emitting diode (LED) lighting, which is extremely efficient. Additionally, many areas of the building are equipped with occupancy sensors that turn off lights automatically when an area is unoccupied.
- A green cleaning program operates in this building and all of the other LEED buildings on campus. The green cleaning program uses microfibre cleaning cloths, HEPA filter vacuums and environmentally preferable cleaning products. This both reduces pressure on the environment and improves indoor air quality.
- The building uses low-emitting paints, adhesives and sealants which also helps to improve indoor air quality.
- Many of the building materials have recycled and locally sourced content, which helps to cut down on emissions created by transporting building materials over long distances.
- A significant portion of the waste created by the demolition of the old North Building was recycled and kept out of landfills.