Colorado arts center earns LEED gold
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The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs’ Ent Center for the Arts recently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold certification, becoming the 10th campus building to hold the coveted designation.
The building opened its doors to the campus Jan. 17, according to the school.
“We will continue to help make this state-of-the-art facility even more sustainable and energy efficient through building operations,” said Brad Johnson, design and project manager of facilities services.
In granting the gold status, reviewers cited the Ent Center’s water and energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and site improvements.
Specific examples include:
- A 41 percent or 125,000-gallon annual reduction in indoor water use through the installation of efficient plumbing fixtures.
- A 53 percent or 323,000-gallon annual reduction in outdoor water use through the installation of an efficient irrigation system and native plants.
- A 21 percent savings in energy use following installation of high-efficiency heating and cooling. Renewable energy credits will be purchased to cover two years of building electricity use.
- Dedicated recycling storage for paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and metal.
- An estimated 89 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills.
Developed by the U. S. Green Building Council, LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Projects earning LEED certification earn points across several areas that address sustainability issues. Based on the number of points, a project rates as certified, silver, gold or platinum.
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