On Jan. 26, 2018, the Plant and Environmental Sciences (PES) building and its occupants received a BREEAM USA award. The PES building was the first academic building in the U.S. to earn green certification and also to earn an “Excellent” rating for the category of Asset Management.
This certification was the first project to be 100% managed by students on the Green Building Team. Since the requirements of the program are clearly defined, the students were able to work independently and have ownership of this project. They learned about the campus, maintenance of buildings, grounds upkeep, long-range planning, strategic planning, policy, and more!
The UC Davis Green Building Team pursued BREEAM as it provides greater flexibility for buildings that do not fit other green building certifications. Another advantage to the BREEAM process is that it provides a benchmarking tool that can be used to assess further improvements to facilities and processes.