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Going Green Pays Off in Gold


Brookhaven's National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) was recently awarded a LEED Gold rating by the U.S. Green Building Council. NSLS-II is Brookhaven's newest building, and its half-mile ring building received the internationally recognized certification in recognition of its "green" design and energy efficiency.

"Green" building design aims to use natural resources without waste, protect occupant health and improve employee productivity, and reduce pollution and environmental degradation. The LEED program, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. 

A team of architects, engineers, construction managers and contractors worked to implement sustainable design for the NSLS-II. The facility was designed by HDR Architecture, Inc., of Alexandria, Virginia. HDR staff trained in LEED requirements helped to come up with ideas to incorporate sustainable design and to manage the LEED application and certification process.

The architects built in sustainable design from the start and the contractors and construction crews contributed by recycling waste and using sustainable materials and work practices to help get the maximum points to achieve the Gold certification.

The NSLS-II ring building is Brookhaven's third facility to be awarded LEED certification. Additional buildings within the NSLS-II facility, as well as the nearly completed Interdisciplinary Science Building, are also expected to achieve recognition under the LEED program. 

Learn more about the NSLS-II LEED elements

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