Mills College science building gets highest rating for sustainable design

June 11, 2008
California school's natural sciences facility earns platinum LEED rating

The Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., has received a platinum LEED designation from the U.S. Green Building Council. The 26,000 square-foot Mills facility brings together programs such as psychology, biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, biopsychology, chemistry, and environmental science under one roof. The building took 18 months to build at a project cost of more than $17 million. Its green elements include: recycled carpeting; automatic sensors to switch lights on or off; tall windows to increase the depth of natural light and decrease the use of artificial lights; energy efficient glass windows; and photovoltaic panels on the roof that provide 30 percent of the building’s electrical needs.

To read the college's news release, click here.

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