Cornell physical sciences home earns gold for energy efficiency

September 26, 2011

The new Physical Sciences Building at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the Gold level, according to The Cornell Daily Sun.

Construction methods for the energy efficient building was one of the reasons that the structure received the gold LEED award, along with the low levels of electricity that are necessary for operation, reported the news source.

“We diverted and recycled a significant amount of material,” Matt Kozlowski, LEED project administrator, told the Sun. “Waste was ground and used as a topping material elsewhere on campus.”

The award for the building came as the university announced plans for an energy efficient urban campus in New York City, as Cornell will bring the proposal to Mayor Michael Bloomberg by the end of October, according to The Associated Press.

Many new structures across the country are using energy efficient technology to decrease the 40 percent of America’s total energy consumption that is used by 5 million commercial buildings. The GPIC Initiative is using the Philadelphia Naval Yard as a “living laboratory” to serve as a testing site for the project.

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