The Holden University Center has become the first building in Lake County to earn the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification for new construction from the United States Building Green Council (USBGC).
The certification process of the 40,000 square foot building was led by Facilities Management Director Robert Diehl, who collaborated with the architect, developer, interior designers and mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers, and contractors to meet the criteria set forth by the USBGC.
“Lakeland continues to be a leader in sustainable and energy efficient projects,” said Diehl. “Our goal is to not only be a positive example for sustainable construction and facilities management, but to do so in a manner that enhances the educational environment in a cost-efficient manner. We are proud to be certified as the first LEED Silver project in Lake County.”
The Silver certification reflects sustainability efforts across several categories including:
· Energy & atmosphere – Optimizing energy performance in heating, cooling and lighting
· Indoor environmental quality – Only products that have low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and free of urea formaldehyde were installed
· Water efficiency – Water use reduction efforts such as innovative technologies
· Materials and resources – regionally purchased and made from recycled content when possible
Various plans to bring the main campus building up to LEED standards are underway. Currently, the C building renovation project on the main campus is on track to earn a LEED Silver certification by being fiscally frugal with its energy usage.
Other sections of campus were overhauled in 2006. Lakeland’s buildings were built in the 1970s and one by one they were added as the college campus expanded. As a result, energy management among the buildings was not eco-friendly. The college developed an integrated energy master plan with Garforth International, LLC, which benchmarked the college against best practices that are implemented world-wide. This led to Lakeland seeking the help of global experts in energy management, SIEMENS, to implement a solution to address its energy master plan. The result was reduced campus energy consumption by 40 percent with an additional 10 percent reduction expected by 2014.
In the spirit of leading by example, students who elect to take the “Green Building and LEED ® Rating System” course in the Civil Engineering Technology Program can learn from the Lakeland’s efforts to create healthful and comfortable environments.
About LEED The LEED Green Building Rating System ™ is the national benchmark for the design, construction, and operations of high-performance green buildings. Visit the U.S. Green Building Council’s web site at usgbc.org to learn more.