Wednesday, January 30, 2013

UCSC Biomedical Building Officially LEED Gold Certified

The UC Santa Cruz Biomedical Building is now officially LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified. The building was designed and constructed with a target of achieving silver certification, but it exceeded this goal and is now the third LEED Gold certified building on the UCSC campus. The other two Gold certified buildings are the Porter College House A and the Cowell Student Health Center.

"The Biomedical Sciences Facility is one of several science buildings on the UC Santa Cruz campus that together create a biomedical 'research cluster' organized by research interest rather than department. The primary purpose of the laboratory is to provide open and flexible laboratory spaces for researchers in molecular and cell biology, development biology, chemistry and biochemistry, environmental toxicology, and biomolecular engineering."

The building's mechanical and electrical designs emphasize sustainability and energy efficiency, with attributes such as daylighting, lighting controls, active chilled beams in the laboratories, reduced air change rates, and low-pressure-drop design of air handling systems. In addition, building information modeling was used throughout design and construction." (Source: International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories)

Stay tuned for more information as we will be covering this story in more depth in our March newsletter.

For a complete list of LEED certified buildings on the UCSC campus and other UC campuses, please click here.

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