First LEED Certification Awarded to University of Texas at Austin Building

AUSTIN, TexasThe newly constructed Research Office Complex has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Research Office Complex (ROC) is at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus and is the first LEED-certified University of Texas System building.

Vice President for Employee and Campus Services Pat Clubb says, "This distinction signifies the university's commitment to sustainability and marks our pledge to use green building practices in all construction and renovation projects."

To become LEED certified, the university set performance goals in five environmental categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. Architect Larry Miller worked with General Contractor Flintco, Inc. throughout the six-year project to meet these goals.

The project received exemplary credit for diverting more than 95 percent of its waste from landfills by recycling or reusing materials at other job sites. In addition, the ROC was constructed with environmental features, such as CO2 sensors that improve air quality and reduce energy consumption, and a parking lot with four recharge stations that allow commuters to recharge their electric cars while at work.

"The university is dedicated to leading the way as sustainable builders and environmental stewards, and our facilities reflect this," says Clubb. "We hope many more university buildings earn LEED certification in the future."

The ROC was constructed with advanced materials such as recycled rubber and yarn in carpeting and reflective roofing. These materials are less toxic and provide a healthier environment for workers on the job site, building occupants and future visitors of the J.J. Pickle Research Center.

Rick Fedrizzi, chief executive officer and founding chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council, says, "The certification of the ROC sends a message that UT Austin cares about the health of the building's occupants and employees. Everyone's comfort, safety and well-being will benefit from the fresh air and natural daylight."

For more information contact: Rhonda Weldon, 512-471-4472.