LEED List Goes Platinum with New Certifications
Adding to Georgia Tech’s catalog of sustainability honors, the Institute in recent months put three new LEED buildings on its list, which now includes one of the largest academic buildings to earn LEED Platinum certification.
The Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons earned the platinum designation nearly two years after it opened in 2011, a goal that was in the minds of staff, designers and project managers from the beginning of design and construction. Clough Commons is topped with a green roof as well as solar panels, and the adjacent Tech Green is home to a 1.4 million gallon cistern that provides water for toilet flushing and landscaping.
The Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory building, part of the North Avenue Research Park Complex, was designated LEED platinum in January. The 42,000-square-foot facility houses offices and labs for research on energy-related solutions such as high-efficiency combustion engines, biomass gasification kinetics, biochemical-enzymatic conversion of biomass materials and capture of carbon dioxide.
On the west edge of campus, renovations to the Stamps Health Services building enabled the facility to become LEED certified for Commercial Interiors. Stamps provides for students’ health-related needs, including medical, dental, optical, psychiatric and pharmaceutical.
Tech’s three newest LEED-certified buildings join the ranks of six other campus structures that are certified at various levels: the College of Business (silver), Klaus Advanced Computing Building (gold), Old Civil Engineering Building (gold), Zelnak Center (gold), Women’s Softball Complex (gold) and North Avenue Apartments (gold).
Other facilities currently under LEED review with the U.S. Green Building Council include the Historic Academy of Medicine, McCamish Pavilion, Ken Byers Tennis Complex and Stephen C. Hall Building. Since 2009, all new construction and renovations on campus have been conducted to meet or exceed LEED Gold standards.