Built in 1955, the Energy Conservation Office once served as the ROTC facility on campus. Today, it is home to the Energy & Engineering unit within Facilities Management and holds a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified Platinum rating for existing buildings (EB). It is the oldest building on campus to have received a LEED certification and the first existing building to receive the platinum rating — the highest green building rating given by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
'LEEDing' by example
As energy efficiency and sustainability advocates on campus, the Energy & Engineering unit strives to lead by example. By certifying its own decades-old building, the Energy & Engineering unit showcases the potential for other campus buildings to attain a LEED certification as well. The University of California Office of the President (UCOP) has set a goal for all UC campuses to LEED certify at least one existing building; UC Davis has met and exceeded this goal with 9 existing building LEED certifications so far.
Letting students take charge
The Energy & Engineering unit places value in creating a living lab environment in which students can gain hands-on experience to enhance their UC Davis education. All LEED existing building certification processes are made possible by the Green Building interns with supervision from Alex Malm, the Green Building Project Manager. The student team is responsible for completing each credit that contributes to the overall building rating — this involves interpreting campus policy, performing calculations, conducting audits and collecting data from building occupants and campus databases.
Going from plain old to platinum green
How did such an old facility get a LEED platinum certification? Check out some of the green features the Energy & Engineering team have incorporated into their space in the slideshow below.Rifle Range LEED Case Study by ucdaviseco
Not only do some of these features contribute to their LEED certification, but they also serve as pilot installations for a variety of research projects.