The Knight Management Center at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in California, US has secured LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council.
The $345m centre received 60 points, more than the minimum 52 points required for the LEED Platinum version 2.2 rating.
The 360,000ft² facility, which opened in April 2011, is an eight-building complex designed to support the school’s MBA programme.
The facility has incorporated green aspects, earning it a sustainability rating for its building, landscape design and improved energy and water use.
The narrow dimensions of the classrooms and floor-to-ceiling glass increase the availability of daylight in the building, helping to reduce electricity use.
Interior work spaces are illuminated by daylight while lights will turn off automatically when a room is empty to reduce the electricity load.
Photovoltaic panels installed on the roof produce energy, meeting 12.5% of the complex’s yearly energy requirements.
Under-floor air distribution systems in the facility replace forced air systems while air-handling units recapture waste heat and redistribute it where it is needed.
The building employs night flushing systems, automated skylights and windows to release the hot air during the day and draw in cool air overnight during summer months.
By using grey water and rainwater, the centre has reduced potable water usage for sewer conveyance by 80%.
Image: The 360,000ft² eight-building complex incorporates green aspects to improve energy and water efficiency. Photo: Stanford Graduate School of Business.