The ZGF-designed University of California, Santa Barbara, Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management has earned the nation’s first double platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Santa Barbara Independent discusses the green facility, which was first awarded LEED-Platinum in 2002 for New Construction. The new honor is for Existing Buildings-Operations & Maintenance, in which the facility’s performance was measured for operations and maintenance, occupant health, and financial return on sustainable technology.
“It was a major achievement to construct Bren Hall as the first LEED Platinum laboratory building in the nation,” says Bren School Acting Dean John Melack, “but in some ways that was easier than earning recertification at the Platinum level. As a new building, much of the work is let to the architects and the contractors, but as an existing building, it is up to us, the occupants, to work with the staff and the university personnel to maintain and operate the building to the highest standards.”