A building dedicated to cutting-edge technology has been recognized for its cutting-edge sustainability features. CU-Boulder’s new addition to the JILA building has received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold rating from the United States Green Building Council. JILA, a joint institute of CU-Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, opened the six-story addition earlier this year, adding 56,065 gross square feet to the building.
The new wing is about 25 percent more energy efficient and 30 percent more water efficient when compared with similar types of recently built, code-compliant buildings. It features a high-performance building envelope, increased insulation and high-performance windows, low-flow water fixtures, high-efficiency lighting and lighting controls, an exhaust air energy recovery system, and the use of process-chilled water to not only efficiently cool the building, but also to dissipate heat from laser equipment in the laboratories.
Because the building houses advanced scientific laboratories, its construction posed unique energy and water needs, as well as complex research requirements.
“Achieving LEED gold rating is very significant accomplishment and speaks to close collaboration among campus planning group, engineers, design team and building occupants,” says Moe Tabrizi, director of campus sustainability.