Donald Bren School of Environment University of California Santa Barbara

The second LEED Platinum building ever certified, the Donald Bren School of Environment is an academic laboratory and classroom facility located near the Pacific Ocean in Goleta, California. The construction cost earlier in this decade for this 84,672-square-feet building was $26 million. Twenty-five percent of the building's energy needs are met by a combination of grid power from landfill methane gas and roof-mounted photovoltaic panels (which supply 7 percent of the building's energy). Energy savings are 49 percent compared to a standard ASHRAE 90.1-1999 building. Mechanical interlocks on the operable windows sense when the windows are open and automatically turn off the HVAC system. The project uses recycled materials throughout the building, including fly-ash in concrete (80 percent recycled), structural steel reinforcement (80 to 100 percent recycled), fireproofing material (made from gypsum, polystyrene, cellulose, and newsprint) and steel deck (30 percent).*

Renewable Energy Eco Friendly

Renewable Energy Eco Friendly

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable.

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