Law School Learning Center Addition

Earned LEED Platinum rating...

With a vegetated green roof and other energy efficiencies, the newly constructed addition to the Cornell Law School’s Myron Taylor Hall has been certified LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council.(David Lamb)
With a vegetated green roof and other energy efficiencies, the newly constructed addition to the Cornell Law School’s Myron Taylor Hall has been certified LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council.(David Lamb)

Law School Learning Center Addition achieved LEED® Platinum Certification.

Read the final USGBC review report (pdf).

LEED Gold mark

How is "Green” measured?

Under the LEED Green Building Design and Construction standard, a credit system with a maximum of 110 points is used to measure environmental performance.

The USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) awards points in 5 main categories:

  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy/Atmosphere
  • Materials / Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

A project can earn additional points for innovative approaches and by having a LEED accredited professional part of the project Team.

What are the Possible Ratings?

  • Certified: 40 - 49 points
  • Silver: 50 - 59 points
  • Gold: 60 - 79 points
  • Platinum: 80 + points

How Does the Law School Learning Center Addition Add Up?

CategoryPossible Pts  Earned Pts
Law School Learning Center Addition achieved LEED Platinum    
110 83
 
Sustainable Sites 26 21
Water Efficiency 10 8
Energy / Atmosphere 35 25
Materials / Resources 14 6
Indoor Environmental Quality 15 13
Innovation & Design 6 6
Regional Priority 4 4
(Photo provided by David Lamb)
(Photo provided by David Lamb)

Project Highlights

  • By tucking the building underground, we have preserved open space and the historic character of the existing Myron Taylor Hall. In addition, we are standing on a vegetated green roof which improves stormwater management and provides thermal benefits that improve energy efficiency in the building.
  • Rainfall and snowmelt is collected at the site and is infiltrated back into the soil using underground filtration chambers.
  • The building energy use and equipment performance has been fully commissioned and will be constantly revisited by University Energy and Sustainability department staff who seek to maximize performance and cut energy use at the University. This benefits both the planet and ensures our maximum return on the investment we make in efficiency in our buildings.
  • Contractors strove to recycle and reuse waste materials during project construction and managed to divert over 90% of the waste materials from being landfilled!
  • CO2 sensors installed in the teaching areas sense when the room is occupied and automatically respond to provide fresh air when needed, and save energy when the room is unoccupied.

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