NYS Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

LEED Gold rating, earning 42 out of 69 possible points...

NYS Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
NYS Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

The NYS Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory was dedicated in a ceremony on October 1, 2010 and is slated to achieve a LEED rating of Gold. In addition to achieving such a high standard in environmental design, this new facility will benefit sustainability efforts through providing space for research projects aimed at developing the next generation of tests and reagents needed to keep ahead of the emerging diseases that threaten animal and human health, food safety, and the economic viability of the agriculture industry.

How is "Green” measured?

A point system (maximum of 69) is used.

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: 26 - 32 points
  • Silver: 33 - 38 points
  • Gold: 39 - 51 points
  • Platinum: 52 - 69 points

How Does the NYS Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Stack Up?

CategoryPossible Pts  Targeted Pts
The NYS Vet Diagnostic Lab building earned 42 of the 69 possible points      69 42
Sustainable Sites 14 10
Water Efficiency 5 4
Energy / Atmosphere 17 5
Materials / Resources 13 5
Indoor Environmental Quality 15 13
Innovation & Design 4 4
Accredited Professional 1 1


  • The NYS Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory project is protecting/restoring 54% of the project site using native and/or adaptive vegetative plantings.
  • The efficient plumbing fixtures installed in the building will result in a water savings of over 40%.

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