Anacapa Gets the Gold by Going Green!

July 10, 2014
We are pleased to announce that Anacapa Residence Hall has received LEED* Gold certification! It is the second project of a consecutive 3-year plan to renovate the two-story residence halls on campus, with Santa Rosa Residence Hall completed in 2012 (also awarded LEED Gold) and Santa Cruz Residence Hall currently under construction. Aside from the main fire safety scope of new fire alarm and sprinklers, the project was designed to include various improvements to bring the building up to LEED Gold standards. These sustainable design measures include:
Energy Efficiency: 
New LED lighting throughout the corridors, common areas, and restrooms provided a 58% reduction in lighting power density which provided the project with an Innovation in Design point in the LEED rating system. 
Double glazed low-e windows and glass replaced the original single pane windows throughout. This high performance glazing minimizes solar heat gain while also providing better thermal insulation and sound dampening. 
These various measures to optimize energy performance resulted in a 30% energy efficiency gain over the latest California building code requirements. Furthermore, the project also purchased a 2-year contract to power 50% of the overall electrical demand from renewable energy. 
Water Efficiency: 
48% overall reduction in potable water use with low-flow and dual-flush fixtures as well as hydration stations in the lobby. 
All landscape is irrigated with reclaimed water.
Materials & Resources: 
80% of the on-site generated construction and demolition waste from the project was diverted from the landfill and recycled. 
New carpet, flooring, and finish materials throughout the project have high recycled content.
Indoor Environmental Quality:
All interior paints, coating, adhesives, and sealants are low-emitting with minimal VOC content to provide better indoor air quality and the building was tested prior to occupancy. 
Upgrades to the lighting controls, thermostats, and enhanced natural ventilation provide better thermal comfort and also optimize energy performance. 
It is our hope that these initiatives will have a positive impact on the environment and support UCSB on its way to becoming a sustainable community.  
*Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. LEED is a program administered by the U.S. Green Building Council in an effort to encourage energy and water efficiency; improve indoor environmental quality; use recycled, renewable, and locally available materials; and optimize the way the building and its site interact with the surrounding area. Within each category, points are assigned for the use of different design measures, material choices, or construction practices, the accumulation of which leads to one of four levels of certification, Platinum being the highest.

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