The Engineering Research Building at the University of Texas in Arlington, Texas, has received LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council.
The 21,800m² facility provides laboratory and teaching space for faculty and students from the colleges of engineering and science and also houses the departments of computer science and engineering and bioengineering.
Designed by the Dallas division of PageSoutherlandPage, the building incorporates several green features that contributed to the LEED Gold certification.
Sustainable features include multiple green and light-reflecting roofs, windows designed to make efficient use of available light, as well as rain and condensate water capture and storage systems for landscaping and irrigation use.
Around 82% of site-generated construction waste was diverted from landfills and around 28% of total construction materials used were made using recycled content.
Occupancy sensors, reduced exterior lighting power and shading devices contributed to a 14.7% saving in energy costs.