16 October 2015
UCSB Santa Cruz Residence Hall achieves LEED Gold!
University of Santa Barbara’s Santa Cruz Residence Hall received LEED Gold status through the program administered by the US Green Building Council. The extensive renovation is in response to new building codes, life safety issues, improving energy efficiencies, and upgrading interior finishes while enhancing student life and interaction. Many sustainable measures were incorporated into the project, including energy efficient lighting, new bathroom exhaust fans and motors, double glazed windows, water efficient low-flow and dual flush fixtures, and flooring and finish materials with high recycled content.
Located on the south side of campus adjacent to other student housing, the building has 216 dormitory rooms, bringing earth-friendly living to approximately 579 UCSB students.
As you can see from the graph below, energy usage has dropped significantly since the renovation.
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), a program administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, is an effort to encourage energy and water efficiency; improve indoor environmental quality; use recycled, renewable, and locally available materials; and optimize the way the building and its site interact with the surrounding area. Within each category, points are assigned for the use of different design measures, material choices, or construction practices, the accumulation of which leads to one of four levels of certification. Check out this project’s scorecard here
In December 2014, this project won a Green Award from the regional chapter of the US Green Building Council.