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Life Sciences Building Awarded LEED Gold Certification

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The Life Sciences Building was awarded LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Loyola Marymount University’s Life Sciences Building, which opened its doors to students this past August, was recently awarded LEED Gold certification—a significant achievement for a science building, which requires a significant amount of energy to operate.

This is LMU’s fifth LEED-certified building and second LEED Gold building. Hannon Library received LEED Gold certification in 2011. Del Rey North, Del Rey South and Leavey 6 are also LEED-certified.

One of the building’s most prominent features that contributes to its sustainability is the 11,300-square-foot green roof. The three-story green roof helps cool the rooms beneath and mitigate stormwater pollution. Covered by drought-tolerant plants, the green roof also serves as an outdoor living laboratory where students measure rain-water pollutants and study stormwater retention.

Other sustainable features include:

  • 8,200 square feet of photovoltaic panels that generate 10% of building’s power
  • Infrastructure for future recycled-water flushing system
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Storm water street planters to control storm water run-off
  • High-performance glass
  • Roofing material prevents solar heat gain by deflecting sun rays
  • Independent climate and lighting control in individual offices
  • Building insulation better than required code

Watch a video that discusses the Life Sciences Building sustainability.