FACULTY HOUSE RECEIVES LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION
New York (April 19, 2010)
Columbia University announced today that the recently renovated Faculty House has been awarded the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification by the United States Green Building Council. This is a significant and state-of –the-art environmental milestone for Faculty House and Columbia University, making it the first LEED Gold Certified building on Morningside campus. Moreover, Faculty House is the only building of its kind in New York City and the first McKim, Mead & White building in the country to be given this designation.
The United States Green Building Council describes the LEED system as “the nationally accepted benchmark for design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.” Some of the features of the Faculty House restoration included integrated energy-efficient and water-conserving utilities, appliances, fixtures and insulation; installation of new HVAC system, providing clean air quality; recycled, low-emission furnishings, materials and finishes as well as locally made materials; restored original details, repurposed old materials, donated used equipment and recycled construction waste. Faculty House was awarded a notable 44 out of 44 total points attempted.
The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.