Hierarchy of Values: To create a #LEED-Platinum monastery for the Benedictine Women of Madison, tradeoffs are made

Perhaps greenness is next to godliness, because the Benedictine Women of Madison required no convincing that Holy Wisdom Monastery should embody the most sustainable outcome their money could buy. By the time the Sisters had tapped Hoffman to design and construct the new monastery, they had already converted 95 acres of their 130-acre Middleton, Wisconsin, site from farmland to natural prairie, and dredged a glacial lake of the silt caused by agricultural runoff. Slide Show Courtesy of Hoffman Photovoltaics produce 13 percent of electricity needs now, with flexibility for expansion. ----- Advertising ----- There just wasn’t that much money to spend, in part because an underutilized 60,000-square-foot former boarding school was still costing the Sisters $100,000 annually in operations. Hoffman’s assignment was to design and build a green and lean replacement for the energy-...

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Perhaps greenness is next to godliness, because the Benedictine Women of Madison required no convincing that Holy Wisdom M...