SANTA BARBARA, CA — Bren Hall at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) has become the nation''s first building to earn two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), according to a press release.
Bren Hall became the first and only laboratory in America to receive Platinum certification when it first opened in 2002, and on August 4, the building received a second Platinum certification for Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance (EBO&M), the release stated.
According to the release, Bren Hall received the maximum amount of credits possible for energy efficiency.
Rick Fedrizzi, president, chief executive officer (CEO) and founding chair of the USGBC, said: "As the first project to receive LEED Platinum certification as both a new and existing building, Bren Hall demonstrates tremendous green building leadership. The urgency of the USGBC''s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Bren Hall serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish."
The biggest changes made to Bren Hall in order to qualify for the second certification were an upgrade of the already energy-efficient laboratory fume hoods and the purchase of 2 million megawatt hours of renewable wind and solar energy credits, the release noted.
UCSB is one of only three institutions invited by the USGBC to participate in the USGBC Portfolio Program, which is intended to streamline the LEED application process for universities, government agencies and other large institutions by providing shared credits for groups of buildings, the release added.
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