An LEED Gold certificate from the US Green Building Council has been awarded to the new research building at Clemson University, South Carolina, US.
Designed by US-based LS3P Associates, the 12,600ft² building at the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science features large multipurpose rooms and smart classrooms.
Energy-efficient features include automated light fixtures that help optimise in-room light and the air-conditioning system, which recycles the energy it uses, reducing the power required by 25%.
A two-storey central atrium offers natural light throughout the building, and naturally sourced building materials were used during construction.
Baruch faculty member Dan Hitchcock designed two storm water bioretention systems at the rear of the building for storm water management.
The building's low-flow toilets and waterless urinals save 40,000gal of water a year.
Clemson and LS3P received the Design Excellence Award for Sustainable Design in 2009.