Davis Marksbury Building Awarded LEED Gold certification

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August 3, 2011, (Lexington, KY) -- The University of Kentucky is proud to announce that the Davis Marksbury Building, home to part of the Computer Science Department, has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  LEED is the USGBC’s leading rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings.   

The Davis Marksbury Building was designed by JRA Architects in collaboration with Ratio Design to achieve LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies.  It is the first University building to achieve this certification.   LEED verifies environmental performance, occupant health and financial return, and was established for market leaders to design and construct buildings that have a positive influence on the community and environment, while also making good economic sense.   Among the building’s features that contributed to the Gold certification are the intelligent Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system that doesn’t waste energy heating or cooling spaces that are unoccupied, and the solar panels on the building’s roof that contribute up to 4% of its power requirements.

About the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since UGSBC’s founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 17,000 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® green building rating systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry’s popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 78 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

About LEED®

The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is a feature-oriented rating system that awards buildings points for satisfying specified green building criteria.  The six major environmental categories of review include:  Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation and Design.  Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of LEED green building certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within each LEED category. LEED can be applied to all building types including new construction, commercial interiors, core & shell developments, existing buildings, homes, neighborhood developments, schools and retail facilities.  LEED for Healthcare is currently under development and is expected to be released in early 2008.Incentives for LEED are available at the state and local level and LEED has also been adopted nationwide by federal agencies, state and local governments, and interested private companies. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org/LEED