UCI receives fourth LEED Gold award for green construction
Energy efficiency and use of recycled building materials contribute to certification
For the fourth time since March, 2007, UC Irvine has earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for excellence in environmentally responsible building design, construction and operation. The most recent award went to Donald Bren Hall.
The 147,975-square-foot facility completed in March 2007 provides research, classroom and office space for faculty and students in the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences, a nationally ranked program that promotes cutting-edge research and interdisciplinary learning. Both the school and building were named in honor of Irvine Company Chairman Donald Bren.
The building features energy systems that save more than 200 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, water-efficient fixtures that save more than 500,000 gallons of water each year, and recycled content in 25 percent of construction materials – all of which contributed to the LEED Gold certification.
Previously, the campus’s Palo Verde II student apartments, Anteater Instruction & Research Building and Student Center earned LEED Gold certification.
“These prestigious awards reflect UCI’s commitment to green building design,” said Wendell Brase, vice chancellor for administrative & business services. “To date, every UCI construction project to complete the LEED process has achieved a Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.”
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