The new business building at the University of Wyoming has received gold certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, becoming just the fourth business school nationally to achieve gold status.
It is the first state-funded and higher education building in Wyoming to receive the certification, according to a media release from UW.
Certification was established by the U.S. Green Building Council. Roger Baalman, UW Facilities Planning Director, tells the UW office of communications how the building was ultimately built in this way to give it longevity.
A large atrium area uses daylight brought in through windows along the perimeter of the building. Also, the old business building was remodeled for use by staff and grad student office spaces.
According to the release, 10% of the new building is made from recycled content, 90% of storm water will be treated to remove a minimum of 80% of suspended solids from the water, and the new building will achieve an annual energy savings of 15% while the remodeled building will use 29% savings.
LEED has four levels of achievement: certified, silver, gold and platinum.