Institute of Behavioral Science building earns highest 'green' rating

August 22, 2012 •

The Institute of Behavioral Science building has received the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest possible LEED rating of platinum. 

LEED certification is a U.S. benchmark for sustainable building design, construction, operation and maintenance.

The 50,000-square-foot building, located in the Grandview neighborhood just northwest of main campus, opened its doors in August 2010. It is at least 30 percent more energy and water efficient than other recently built, code-compliant buildings.

Sustainability features include rooftop solar panels capable of producing 14,000 kilowatts-hours per year and a highly energy-efficient building envelope and heating and cooling system. Lighting, windows, lavatory fixtures and other details are all designed for maximum efficiency, while bicycle storage and changing rooms encourage alternative transportation. The construction process emphasized using recycled content and diverting waste from the landfill. 

A team of designers, architects, project managers and engineers, as well as a building committee, contributed to the project’s success.

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