June 18, 2013
CU-Boulder’s Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building this week received recognition for its sustainability features.
The facility received the "Best Green Institutional Building" award in the 2013 Boulder Valley Green Building Awards, presented by the Colorado Green Building Guild and the Boulder County Business Report.
“This is an outstanding example of green design in a building type that is usually considered an ‘energy hog,’ ” the guild stated in the award description. “The building consolidates many high-energy-use campus laboratories into a single, energy-efficient building.”
The biotechnology building is one of the few lab buildings in the country that is Platinum, the highest possible rating within the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification system. The 336,800-square-foot facility opened in April 2012 on CU-Boulder’s east campus.
It is 30 percent more energy and water efficient than recently built buildings with a similar function. It features an array of ground-mounted solar panels; evaporative cooling; daylight harvesting, lighting controls and LED technology; energy-efficient freezer compressors and lab exhaust fume hoods; low-flow plumbing; and more.
The Colorado Green Building Guild awards were presented on June 12 at the Boulder Theater as part of the Boulder County Business Report’s annual BoulderEarth Conference. Spanning eight categories that include residential, commercial, remodels, new construction, and more, the awards honor “interesting, dynamic entries worthy of recognition for enlightenment, creativity and leadership.”