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Lab Garners Second LEED Gold Certification With User Support Building

The ALS User Support Building has earned a LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Its “green” features include the ability to capture natural light, reducing lighting loads; sensors that, when a window is opened, turn off the ventilation system; extensive metering; and a heat-recovery system. More than 10 percent of the building material and 75 percent of construction waste was recycled. The toilets have a dual-flush option for greater water savings. Overall, the building has been designed to be 56 percent more efficient than a normal, baseline building, according to project director Joe Harkins. This is the second Lab building to receive LEED Gold, the first being the Molecular Foundry.

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