September 25, 2008
For the fourth time since 2007, a recently completed building on the campus of the University of California, Merced, has earned LEED "Gold" certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for excellence in environmentally responsible design, construction and operation, the university said today. The 174,000-square-foot Science & Engineering Building, completed in January 2006, provides laboratories, classrooms and office space for faculty and students whose work often requires highly sophisticated equipment, facilities and support services. The building meets these needs while acheiving exemplary performance in water and energy
usage, natural lighting, air quality, waste diversion and recycling, the use of locally supplied and/or recycled building materials and other factors evaluated under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program.