Virgin Islands (PRWEB) August 27, 2014
The University of the Virgin Islands Research and Technology Park’s (RTPark) 64 West Center building was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)® Silver Certification in August. LEED, which was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The 64 West Center building is located on UVI’s Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.
“The RTPark’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC president, CEO and founding chair. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and the RTPark’s 64 West Center serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.”
The Center achieved LEED certification by incorporating sustainable strategies throughout the project’s design, construction and operational phases – including energy, lighting, water and material uses – which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions, contributes to a healthier environment for visitors and tenants, and lowers costs.
“The RTPark’s 64 West Center was the first of what now are several sustainable initiatives underway on the campuses of UVI,” said UVI President Dr. David Hall. “Environmental design and energy efficiency are key priorities for this institution because they are crucial to our territory’s well-being and the promises of the future.”
The project was designed to the standard of, and ultimately awarded, LEED Silver certification, based on a number of enhanced sustainable design features including:
The Washington, D.C.-based USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. Its LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 100,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED rating systems, comprising over 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries.
The RTPark is an economic development entity operating under a legislative mandate, and policy guidance from UVI, to develop a technology sector in the U.S. Virgin Islands. RTPark leverages certain economic assets in the territory to enable and sustain an environment affording knowledge-based businesses the opportunity to operate in a favorable near-shore setting while remaining within the jurisdiction of the U.S.