LPC goes Green

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Barbara Fracisco Mertes Center for the Arts

LEED-- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

Awarded Silver Certification (Summer 2011)

The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Board of Trusteesrequires that all new buildings in the district meet at least Silver Certification

A full color brochure with pictures (.pdf)


  • Clean Energy comes from Solar Photovoltaic panels
  • Central Utility Plant provides more efficient heating and cooling than a local HVAC system
  • Fuel Efficient Vehicle parking has been designated
  • Bike Racks - campus capacity has more than doubled
  • Showers in Dressing Rooms for bike commuters
  • 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


  • 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
  • Special floor mats to catch dust
  • Views
  • Green cleaning products
  • 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
  • Waterless Urinals
  • Automatic controls are installed for sinks and toilets
  • Drip Irrigation

Light Pollution

  • Shielded light fixtures
  • Regulated minimum light output
  • Minimize interior light spill
  • CFL/Halogen where possible
  • Carbon offsets will be purchased to offset special lighting/incandescent in the Theaters



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