BINGHAMTON, NY — The Binghamton University Downtown Center (UDC) has been Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified at the Silver level, according to WBGH-TV.
According to the story, this is the first building in downtown Binghamton to be certified green by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Home to the College of Community and Public Affairs, the $29 million UDC has been honored for its design by the American Institute of Architects Southern New York Chapter (AIASNY), the story stated.
During construction, 11 percent of the building materials used for the UDC came from recycled sources, 16.5 percent of materials were sourced from the region and 262 tons of waste was kept out of the landfill, the story noted.
Binghamton University President Lois DeFleur said: "We''re proud of this recognition and will continue our commitment to protect our environment and conserve natural resources in future building projects. All new building or major renovation projects will be built to at least LEED-Silver standards or the equivalent including our current construction projects for Science 5, the Engineering and Science Building and the East Campus Housing project."
LEED certification serves to protect and save precious natural resources while also making good economic sense by verifying environmental performance, occupant health and financial return, the story added.
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