3 CU buildings earn LEED gold
The SEEC is a hub for environmental and sustainability research, and the new SEEL building that opened in 2015 provides wet lab space to support those endeavors. Photo courtesy of CU
Three University of Colorado Boulder buildings where missions center largely on sustainability all recently garnered recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council for the sustainable ways in which they were built and operate.
The Sustainability, Energy and Environment Laboratory (SEEL) on East Campus and the East District Energy Plant (EDEP) and Grounds and Recycling Operations Center (GROC) on Main Campus have been granted LEED gold certifications, according to the university. The latest certifications bring to 21 the total number of CU Boulder buildings certified LEED gold or better, either for new construction or major renovations.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a globally recognized symbol of excellence in green building, with certification ensuring electricity cost savings, lower carbon emissions and healthy work environments. There are four levels of certification, with platinum being the highest, followed by gold, silver and certified.
CU Boulder students helped drive the university’s push toward LEED-certified construction in the early 2000s, and the campus now aims for LEED gold or better on every major capital construction project, with the particular emphasis on energy and water efficiency as outlined in the Campus Master Plan. CU Boulder’s LEED-certified building roster includes seven LEED platinum buildings, with the most recent being the Student Recreation Center. The Williams Village North residence hall, when it was built, was the largest LEED platinum residence hall in the country.
CU’s latest LEED-certified buildings all carry the campus sustainability torch on an everyday basis. The Sustainability, Energy and Environment Community (SEEC) is a hub for environmental and sustainability research, and the new SEEL building that opened in 2015 provides wet lab space to support those endeavors.
Opened in 2014, the EDEP building generates the steam production that provides heating and cooling for much of the campus, and also serves as the headquarters for CU Boulder’s Utility and Energy Services division.
The GROC building, meanwhile, opened in 2015 and houses both the outdoor services and waste management teams, as well as integrated pest management. It is home to the campus recycling center, where student workers process recyclables collected from around campus.
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