Neumann University’s Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development has been awarded LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.
The building achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers, and the larger community.
“As a Catholic Franciscan institution, Neumann University is committed to stewardship of its resources and decision-making that supports a healthy environment. This certification is evidence that Neumann has integrated a care-for-creation approach into its management strategies,” said Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, Neumann’s president.
LEED certification of the Mirenda Center was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include: low flow plumbing fixtures to limit hot water use and energy; high efficiency lighting systems with flexible controls; event scheduling to limit lighting energy use in unoccupied spaces; and building materials containing 10% post consumer recycled material.
The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings. More than 100,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED rating systems, comprising more than 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries.
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