LEED features of the Science Expansion Building, 1850
The new science buiding was designed and constructed with energy and the environment in mind from day 1.
LEED = Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Applying for LEED Gold Certification (Spring 2012)
The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Board of Trusteesrequires that all new buildings in the district meet at least Silver Certification
- The Science Expansion one of several buildings built to this standard on campus..
- LEED is an enhanced, innovative building code overseen by the US Green Building Council
- Education of students, community, and employees is an important part of LEED through displays, brochures, signs, website, presentations, tours, and course materials
- LEED standards must be verified by an independent auditor at completion and after 1 year.
- A certified LEED Consultant must be part of planning and construction
- Clean Energy comes from Solar Photovoltaic panels. 2.4MW of Solar Arrays have been installed on campus providing more than 60% of our annual usage.
- Central Utility Plant provides more efficient heating and cooling than a local HVAC systems.
- Fuel Efficient Vehicle parking
has been designated
- Bike Racks - campus capacity has gone from 40 bike spots to more than 160 including room for 20 near the science buildings.
- White roofs, light pavement, green space
- Photovoltaic parking structures minimize the "heat island effect"
- Lighting in the building is more efficient because of
- Light sensors in offices
- Natural light
- Double paned windows with "low e" coatings
- Filtered water is provided in water fountains on each floor for users to fill refillable containers.
- Noise is reduced through soundproofing and by elimitating the local HVAC
- Fresh Air: 15% of circulated air must be outside air
- Low UV is healthy and reduces fading of materials
- Views enhance the users environment.
- Green cleaning products are used throughout the district.
- Ventilated Janitor's closets
Materials & Resources
- Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood was used where possible
- Recycled materials for carpet
- Low VOC for carpets, paints, caulks, adhesives, etc.
- Local materials where possible
- Recycling construction waste
- Recycling - onsite consolidation area
- "Bioretention Basins capture rainwater to prevent flooding and recharge aquifers
- Native Plants
have been planted to reduce water use including: Jucus "Elk Blue", California Grey Rush and Carex Tumulicola, Berkeledy Sedge in the Bioretention Basins
- Reclaimed water is used for irrigation and flushing toilets.
- Waterless Urinals
- Automatic controls are installed for sinks and toilets
- Drip Irrigation installed in plantings
- Shielded light fixtures
- Regulated minimum light output
- Minimize interior light spill
- CFL/Halogen where possible
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