U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Rating
Location: Stony Brook University Office Park, Stony Brook, NY
The Advanced Energy Research & Technology Center building will strive to conform to the highest level of sustainability administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington D.C.-based, nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders. The building is being designed to achieve a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) platinum rating, which is designated by achieving maximum energy efficiency and minimum environmental impact in five distinct categories: sustainable site, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, material & resources and indoor environmental quality. There are only 25 buildings with a LEED Platinum rating in the country. The AERTC is expected to be the first LEED Platinum Rated building in New York State.
Sustainable Site - Parking for low emission vehicles and use of vegetation that eliminates storm water run-off, while providing shade to keep blacktop from generating heat will be used. Water Efficiency- Landscaping that requires no irrigation will be used, as will a system for collecting rain water on the roof, which will be used for flushing toilets.
Energy and Atmosphere - Photovoltaic cells will be used to create energy and block excessive sunlight. Windows will be used strategically, as a source of light. Energy efficient desk lamps will be used in favor of overhead light.
Materials and Resources - use of recycled building materials will exceed 20%. 75% of construction waste will also be diverted to recycling sites.
Indoor & Environmental Quality - Extensive venting will prevent pollution during construction. An efficient air pumping system will provide above average levels of fresh air, which will be carefully monitored. A minimum of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), commonly found in such things as carpeting and furniture will be used.
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