Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design certification is a rigorous U.S. Green Building Council program that requires applications and investment of time and money. It distinguishes and rewards buildings that demonstrate effective use of environmentally-friendly products and methods in both construction and day-to-day use.
“LEED certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building,” the USGBC website said.
Buildings that receive this certification often cost less to operate, can receive tax rebates and have higher property values.
“The construction of two LEED certified buildings is an indication that sustainability is an important consideration for the college,” Peter Kaslik, sustainability committee leader, said.
Director of Facilities Jim Taylor said the AAH building on the Puyallup campus and the Rainier building on the Fort Steilacoom campus are both LEED Gold certified, the second-highest level of certification.
The AAH, the newest building on the Puyallup campus, required rigorous planning.
Charlene Wilson, an employee of Andrew Clapham and Assoc., LLC, assists in the management of construction projects at Pierce College. Wilson said that the design team integrates material selection, site, building orientation, energy usage and life cycle costs in both the early planning stages of construction and throughout the construction, occupancy and use of the facility.
“Selection of materials manufactured and assembled locally or regionally, low flow water faucets, low gallon/flush water closets, sustainably harvested and manufactured materials along with natural day-lighting and ventilation, controls and monitoring of energy use are all components to the achievement of LEED Gold for these facilities,” Wilson said.
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