Northern Arizona University Research Facility Earns LEED Platinum
The Applied Research and Development building at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, has achieved a Platinum rating in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System. The 60,000-ft2 (5,600-m2) building, designed by architecture firm Burns Wald-Hopkins in Tucson, earned 60 out of 69 possible points and is expected to achieve over 60% energy savings compared with a similar conventional building. Passive ventilation, radiant heating and cooling, heat-recovery ventilation, superinsulated walls and roof, high-performance glazing, and solar shading all contribute to the energy performance. A 165-kilowatt photovoltaic array is expected to meet about 20% of the building’s electricity needs, and solar thermal collectors contribute to water heating. Waterless urinals and low-flush toilets using reclaimed water contribute to an estimated 60% water savings compared with a conventional building. Most of the wood used in the project (76% by cost) was certified to Forest Stewardship Council standards.
Published March 1, 2008