Sustainability


LEED Gold Certification

Site

    • Open space promotes biodiversity.

    • Native and water efficient landscaping with reclaimed water irrigation.


Different types of plants in front of the BRIC

    • Proximity to on-campus housing and eateries as well as ample bicycle and skateboard racks promotes alternative methods of transportation. Bike rack in front of the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex
    • Water pollution and disruption of natural water flow minimized through storm water management.
    • Roofing and paving with high solar reflective index (SRI) values were used to eliminate the amount of heat emitted. Purple water pipe
  • All site landscaping uses non-potable water. Purple water pipe

    • Optimized access to daylight and views to exterior, while maintaining overall glazing on exterior envelope to 30%.
    • Fritted glass shading fins reduce heat gain and glare while allowing daylight to penetrate into space.
    • Building cantilevers self-shade glazed lower floors.
    • Tubular skylights allow daytime use of gymnasium without any artificial lighting.
    • 100% of storm water run-off is collected and filtered on site.

Plumbing and Mechanical

    • Efficient plumbing fixtures reduce water use in the building by more than 25%. Shower room
    • Entry walk-off grates continuously help remove/prevent contaminants. Walk off mat
    • Lighting and thermal control systems provide a high level of individual comfort. People playing basketball
    • Overall, the building is designed to use 30% less energy than the required standards. Low energy ceiling fan Runners on the track inside the BRIC
  • A stringent commissioning process ensures the systems are working properly, contributing to the building’s efficiency.

  • Gym displacement ventilation via bleachers and entry portals.
  • Building performs 30% better than Title 24 energy standards.
  • Integration with campus chilled water loop and energy management systems.
  • Energy Star cool roof kept free of mechanical equipment – designed to house a future 500kw photovoltaic array; enough to offset 30% of the building’s energy use.

Materials

      • Bins are provided for recyclables such as glass, plastic, metals, cardboard and paper thus reducing the amount of waste. Trash and recycle bins outside the BRIC
      • A high standard of construction waste management ensured over 80% of the waste from the site was either reused or recycled.
        construction of the BRIC
      • Building materials on the project contain a high recycled content and many came from sources within 500 miles. Elevators inside the BRIC Laminate floors inside the BRIC
    • Producers of wood building materials used environmentally responsible forest management. Composite wood products contain no added urea-formaldehyde.

Students participating in physical activities at the BRIC

Air Quality

    • Indoor air quality is improved with natural ventilation.

Side windows of the BRIC

      • During construction, measures were taken to minimize or eliminate contaminants. Pipe for increased air quality
      • The buildings went through a flush-out process which improved the air quality in the building. Pipe for increased air quality
    • Low-emitting materials were used in all project adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, carpet and carpet padding.

The carpets in the BRIC offices

    • By providing increased ventilation, we have access to cleaner air in the building.

Air vents in the main lobby at the BRIC

Program Operations

    • Salvageable shoes can be fitted with new rubber soles and donated to camps and other organizations that have an opportunity to introduce the sport of climbing to youth.

Employee at Mad Rock California Climbing

Sustainable Design Tours of the BRIC are available and open to the public. For more information on tour schedules, please email Krista Smith.