Colo. building university's third to earn LEED status
The university says the three-story 40,000-square-foot facility, which opened in fall 2015, was designed and constructed to save 35 percent more in energy costs than a building designed just to code, reports American School & University. More than 80 percent of the construction materials were recycled on the job site and flooring, drywall, and ceiling tiles in the building all include recycled content.
Water-saving plumbing fixtures were installed, and indoor water use was reduced by 38 percent compared with a similar building designed to code. An existing campus solar array provides about 15 percent of the building’s electricity.
In Colorado, state-funded higher education buildings are required to be designed and built to LEED gold standard.
Other facilities on the Pueblo campus have incorporated sustainable strategies into their design and construction. The Library and Academic Resource Building received LEED platinum certification in 2013, and the renovation of the Occhiato University Center is on track to receive LEED gold certification.
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