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Energy Center at Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA

What is the LEED Certification?

The first LEED Platinum-rated power facility in the USA, Energy Center at State University of Oregon, produces 50% of electricity needed for the building and cuts down carbon emissions by 38%, compared with the old building. The 6.5-megawatt cogeneration power plant (heating+electricity generation) runs on natural gas. The power facility which began working in June 2010 boasts of a white reflective roof, perfect systems of heating radiation and natural ventilation, indoor air quality, water and energy efficiency. The plant with gross floor area of about 1997 square meters (or 21,500 square feet) was constructed by Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. and replaced the old construction which had been built 90 years earlier. Built of recycled materials, the building also includes laboratories for students interested in environmental sciences, especially for those, concerning themselves with testing alternative means of energy. Rainwater is collected and later used for boilers and heating. The plant is surrounded by water-efficient landscaping.

By Astghik Atabekyan, www.building.am

Photos: www.inhabitat.com



 


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