First LEED Certified Building in University of Alaska System
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Bristol Bay Campus (UAF BBC) received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for its Applied Sciences Center in Dillingham, Alaska. This is the first LEED certified building in the University of Alaska statewide university system. The Applied Sciences Center is a result of a renovation and deep energy retrofit of an older building purchased by UAF BBC to house three applied science programs: Sustainable Energy, Ecosystem Health, and Nursing. The LEED certification was awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council and confirms that the facility is environment friendly, healthy for its occupants, and has low use of energy and water. Energy efficiency was the main focus area in pursuing this certification because of the added benefit of long-term cost savings for UAF. The facility in itself serves as an important educational tool for the UAF Sustainable Energy Program and demonstrates ways to significantly reduce the energy consumption of buildings.
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