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Oregon State University receives LEED-Platinum rating for new building

January 07, 2011
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CORVALLIS, OR — The Oregon State University (OSU) Energy Center was recently awarded a Platinum-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), according to the Gazette-Times.
The LEED-Platinum designation makes the Energy Center the first building on OSU''s campus and the first power facility in the nation to receive such a rating, the story stated.
The Energy Center, which opened in June 2010, was constructed of recycled building materials and utilizes rainwater harvesting and water-efficient landscaping, the story noted.
Compared to the old plant, the new building is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 38 percent and save the university upwards of $650,000 each year in energy costs, the story added.
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