Green Building & Sustainable Development
Berkeley City College First in its Class With a Leed Silver Rating
Peralta Community College
District and the architectural firm Ratcliff
are pleased to announce that Berkeley City College earned a LEED Silver
certification rating from the US Green Building Council last week.
Berkeley City College is the first building in the City of Berkeley to
achieve LEED Silver status and the first California Community College
single-building campus constructed on an urban infill site.
Berkeley City College earned this prestigious honor by its promotion of
urban redevelopment and incorporation of various energy-efficient design
"Berkeley City's LEED Silver status is a tangible demonstration of our
commitment to eliminating greenhouse gases and building a sustainable
future," said Nicky Gonzalez Yuen, a Peralta Community College District
trustee and chair of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability.
Berkeley City College
is the winner of the Community College Facility
Coalition's 2007 Professional Design Award of Merit and the East Bay
Business Times' 2006 Structures Award. In addition to the life-cycle
savings of its energy-efficient design, the new building has already earned
the District $129,000 in cash incentives from Pacific Gas & Electric
Company's Savings by Design program.
's unique design for the six-story, 165,000-square-foot campus
incorporates a wide range of environmentally-responsible tenets that
benefit the College's students and faculty, including:
- Site Selection and Urban Redevelopment -- By locating the building in
the dense downtown core of Berkeley, the campus maximizes the use of an
existing infrastructure and preserves green space in the Bay Area.
- Energy Efficiency -- The building is over 40 percent more energy
efficient than the baseline.
- Water Efficiency -- Berkeley City College is 34 percent more water
efficient than a comparable building.
- Promote Alternative Transportation -- The campus is located within one
block of BART and local/regional bus services.
- Indoor Air Quality -- Indoor air contaminants were reduced.
- Maximize Daylight -- Natural light is introduced deep into the
six-story building through a glass curtain wall, a full-height central
atrium with monumental skylight, and a student lounge glass clerestory.
- Reduce Light Pollution -- Lighting fixtures at the exterior, rooftop,
and below the atrium skylight are shielded from contributing to night
sky light pollution.
- Construction Waste Diversion -- This project diverted 998 tons (77
percent) of construction waste from landfill.
- Recycled Content and Local/Regional Materials-Ratcliff selected
building materials and finishes with high recycled content.
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