April 11, 2013
Valparaiso University’s Donald V. Fites Engineering Innovation Center has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute.
The Fites Engineering Innovation Center is one of five buildings in Indiana, and the only higher education building in the state, to receive LEED Platinum certification, the highest level of certification awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.
LEED certification of the Fites Engineering Innovation Center was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. These features include:
- Power partially generated by high-efficiency solar (photo-voltaic) panels
- Lighting, heating and cooling controlled by occupancy sensors
- Water savings from waterless and low-flow fixtures
- Underground infiltrators and surface rain garden for storm water runoff
- Zero-maintenance landscaping with drought-tolerant native Indiana prairie grasses
- Use of recycled materials
A ceremony recognizing the LEED Platinum certification will be held on at the Fites Center on April 12, at 4 p.m.
For more information:
Donald V. Fites Engineering Innovation Center
Valparaiso University’s press release