Crafton Hills College’s Public Safety and Allied Health Building receives LEED Gold Certification

By on November 18, 2017
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Crafton Hills College’s (CHC) Public Safety and Allied Health Building was recently certified as a Gold certified LEED building indicating that it was constructed with materials that lower energy costs and water consumption and provide better air quality. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in order to foster the construction of energy and resource-efficient buildings.

“Low-flow toilets, for example, use a fraction of the water with each flush as traditional toilets,” project manager Brooke Duncan said. “Low-flow faucets help to reduce the amount of water wasted while in use. Materials are selected that resist graffiti and bacteria, being easy to clean and maintain for the Crafton custodial staff. These are just a few examples of the LEED considerations while the project is in design.”

Projects seeking LEED certification earn points across multiple categories, including energy use and air quality. Based on points earned buildings can qualify for one of four levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. CHC has several LEED certified buildings, including the Crafton Center, which is Gold and under consideration to become Platinum certified. Canyon Hall is qualified as Silver certified.

Duncan said “LEED certified buildings can drive down operational costs while increasing occupants’ productivity in an environmentally responsible manner. LEED certified buildings help the campus in their sustainability goals across the board.”

Additionally, Duncan indicated that green building practices help Crafton save money, increase building efficiency, and should be viewed as an “ethical system for sustainability. This is a responsible approach for this and coming generations.”