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Golisano Institute gets LEED Platinum certification

Rochester Business Journal
March 26, 2014

The Golisano Institute for Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology has been certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the highest standard in the rating system.
The GIS building, which opened last year, received a score of 89 out of a possible 110 points from USGBC, which RIT officials said placed it among the top 1 percent of all green buildings in the United States today. A score of 80 is required to reach the LEED Platinum level.
“LEED Platinum is a significant accomplishment for our multistory research building, particularly given that it is such an energy-intensive facility combined with our challenging climate here in Western New York,” said Nabil Nasr, associate provost and director of GIS. “We are especially proud that our building dedicated to sustainability has earned such a rare accomplishment, which required tremendous teamwork. I salute our building partners.”
The building uses energy-efficient systems that allow it to be 56 percent more efficient than a standard building, RIT officials said. The facility is designed with the capacity to optimize daylight and energy savings, with extensive data sensors and feedback loops where officials monitor and inform building operations.
"Through its control systems and micro-grid technology, the GIS building has the capacity to be one of the most informative ‘green’ buildings in the world,” said John Moore, RIT’s assistant vice president for facilities management services.
At a ceremony Wednesday announcing the certification, USGBC officials praised not only the building but GIS’ mission.

“Rochester Institute of Technology has embraced sustainability in many aspects of college life,” said Tracie Hall, executive director of the USGBC New York Upstate Chapter.

“The achievement of LEED Platinum at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability presents global opportunities for ongoing education and research in sustainability,” Hall said. “The collaborative and cooperative partnership between RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability and corporations is a terrific opportunity to create sustainable solutions to our environmental and energy challenges.”

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