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NCC Life Sciences Building Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Date Posted:
03/21/2014

Aurora Contractors is proud to announce that the Nassau Community College Life Sciences Building has been awarded a “LEED Gold” status via U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED for New Construction certification program v2.2. The Life Sciences building is the first LEED Gold community college building in New York State.

Some of the LEED methods used to achieve “LEED Gold” are:

• Utilization of light pollution reducing interior and exterior light fixtures;
• Providing highly-adjustable lighting for 91% of the building, which aids the occupants in tailoring lighting to suit their specific needs, promoting productivity, comfort and well-being;
• Utilizing low-emitting adhesives, flooring, and paints in order to reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants;
• Ensuring that a percentage of all building materials used contained recycled content. The percentage of recycled content utilized at the Life Sciences Building was 21%;
• Assuring that a percentage of all building materials used were harvested and manufactured within 500 miles of the project, reducing the environmental impact resulting from transportation. The percentage utilized on this project was 22%;
• Planning and ensuring that the building is served by multiple bus lines within a one-quarter mile radius of the campus. This allows for a reduction in pollution and land development impacts from automobile use. There are five (5) bus lines that service the Life Sciences Building; and
• Achieving an energy cost savings of 15.4%, through the use of high-efficiency glazing, reduced interior lighting power density, occupancy sensors, and reduced fan and pump power.


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