November 25, 2011
While NSLS-II may look metallic silver, it’s really green – LEED green.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). A green building is designed to use natural resources efficiently; protect occupant health and improve employee productivity; and reduce waste, pollution and environmental degradation.
Under the direction of Marty Fallier, the Facilities Division within Photon Sciences has worked with HDR, Inc., to pursue LEED certification for three separate NSLS-II construction projects: 1) the ring building; 2) lab-office buildings 1 and 3 and the building housing the HXN beamline; and 3) shells for lab-office buildings 2, 4 and 5.
“Applying sustainable design principles to a facility like NSLS-II is not only the right thing to do, it is also a requirement,” said Fallier. “By using the LEED standard for certification, we can measurably demonstrate the extent of sustainable features incorporated in the facility.”
Last month, Fallier and his staff had the opportunity to showcase LEED elements in NSLS-II for a very interested audience: local chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council and the International Facility Management Association. About 100 members of IFMA Long Island and USGBC-LI held a joint October meeting at Brookhaven Lab, hosted by Integrated Facility Management. As part of the meeting, the Community Relations Office arranged a tour of NSLS-II and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, a LEED-certified building. Feedback on the tour was extremely positive, with comments about “passion and commitment to your work” and sense of “shared sustainability mission.”
Here is a breakdown of LEED goals for NSLS-II in six categories:
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