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College building earns LEED Gold

May 21, 2012
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SCHENECTADY, NY — The Peter Irving World Center has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), according to Earth Techling.

The three-story, 35,000-square-foot research and education facility building features state-of-the-art laboratories, electronic classrooms, an advanced computing lab, study spaces and faculty offices, the article stated.

According to the article, as much as 35 percent of the building''s energy comes from renewable energy sources, which includes an on-site three kilowatt (KW) photovoltaic array; a special covering for the building’s roof allowing for more than 50 percent of the roof''s surfaces to minimize summer heat buildup; and a special building envelope providing thermal resistance.

"Achieving LEED Gold was a guiding design criterion from the very beginning of the planning process," said J. Douglass Klein, the Kenneth B. Sharpe Professor of Economics and chair of the Wold Steering Committee.

"Among other programs, Wold houses labs and teaching spaces for the study of energy and the environment, and Wold is the campus home for U-Sustain. It was our intent that the building itself become an important teaching tool and laboratory," Klein added.

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