NEW HAVEN: The Academic Science & Laboratory Building at Southern Connecticut State University has been certified LEED® Gold. The building and the faculty effort was recognized by Business New Haven in 2016 for its unique environmental properties with a CT Green Business Award.
The nearly 104,000-square-foot building was originally targeted for LEED® Silver, by the University. All new academic buildings in Connecticut must meet the Leed Silver environmental standards. According to Centerbrook Architects the designer of the building, it scored 63 points on the LEED® scale to ear the BD+C (Building Design + Construction) Gold.
The LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] certification system was established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2000 to evaluate and encourage environmental awareness and implementation in new and renovated buildings.
Among the environmental design elements was the reduction of water use. Centerbrook says the design resulted 34 percent saving on its energy consumption and water use by 20 percent. The water saving were achieved in part by a rainwater collection system that reduces the amount of potable water used to irrigate the building’s quad by more than 60 percent.
“Science laboratory buildings present significant challenges from a sustainability standpoint, especially one with 76 fume hoods, as this one had,” said Centerbrook Partner Jefferson B. Riley, FAIA.
SCSU President Joe Bertolino commenting on the recognition said, “This is our second LEED® Gold recognition at Southern – the first was awarded for our new home for the School of Business – and adds to our growing reputation as an environmentally friendly campus.”
Photo: Jefferson B. Riley