UCCS Science and Engineering Building earns gold

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The Science and Engineering Building at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED is the Green Building Council’s rating system for designing and constructing, energy efficient and high-performing green buildings.

“This award is significant because it shows what can be done when the design and construction industries and government work together,” Brian Burnett, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance said. “The university’s commitment to green building principles was aided by experts in the building industry as well as by state government. We are proud to be a leader in green building in southern Colorado with two LEED-certified buildings completed and two more projects seeking LEED certification under construction.”

The Science and Engineering Building houses departments of biology, physics, mechanical and aerospace engineering as well as the CU Institute for Bioenergetics and the National Institute for Science, Space and Security Centers. The building features classrooms, offices, laboratories and a K-12 Center to assist teachers and to encourage youngsters to consider careers in science and technical study.

The building has numerous energy and environment-saving features, including thin-film solar panels, a heating system that recovers exhaust from laboratories, an ice storage system that saves air conditioning costs, high-efficiency windows, energy-efficient lighting with occupancy sensors, water saving fixtures, and extensive use of  low-chemical paints, adhesives, sealant, carpet and wood products.

The Science and Engineering Building is the second UCCS building to achieve gold certified LEED status. The first, the Campus Recreation Center, was certified during January 2009. The recreation center opened during August 2007.

For more information about the certification process, visit http://www.usgbc.org/.