Wold Center wins LEED Gold ceritification

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By Ceillie Keane

The Peter Irving Wold Center was recently certified with Gold status in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

The certification was awarded by the United States Green Building Council for the building’s environmentally-friendly features and energy efficiency.

This certification was based on certain categories, including: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process.

The Wold Center received a total of 42 out of the possible 69 points. These included points for low-emitting carpets and paints, the use of regional materials and a 30 percent water use reduction.

Chair of the Wold Steering Committee and economics professor J. Douglas Klein explains that the Wold building also received “points for using the building as a teaching tool.”

The room for the U-Sustain Committee creates a space for green-related initiatives and activities. The interactive system on the first floor of the building displays live-time measurements of both energy use and energy production.

According to Klein, this certification “was a goal in the initial planning stages” of the building. Because it was always a part of the process, this certification influenced the aspects of the building.

Klein hopes that by the end of the term the official “gold-plated plaque” announcing the certification will arrive and take its place on the walls of the now LEED Gold-certified Wold Center.

 

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