It's Not Easy Being Platinum
Diane Kase, Earl Walls Associates
Only one lab building currently has LEED® platinum
statusthe University of California Santa Barbara's Donald
Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. Only one other
lab is currently in the process of obtaining a LEED Platinum ratingthe
Northern Arizona University's Applied Research Development (NAU-RAD)
Facility. As the team for NAU-ARD began keeping their LEED scorecard,
one question kept puzzling the design team: "How did Bren achieve
The obvious difference is each project qualified under different
versions, Bren under 1.0 and ARD under 2.0. The ratio of net lab
square footage to gross square footage differs significantly between
the two projects which begs the questions:
- How much lab can a building contain and still achieve Platinum?
- How does the type of science or specialty labs (i.e. BSL labs)
impact the LEED Platinum rating?
- Could Bren achieve a Platinum rating under 2.0?
This presentation will attempt to answer those questions by presenting
a case study of those two projects as well as a comparison of them
to other LEED Platinum projects of differing building types. The
analysis will highlight the lessons learned on the lab projects
and the most challenging issues to be addressed by the project team.
Diane C. Kase, LEED AP, is a Project Manager at Earl
Walls Associates located in San Diego, California and is a 1989
graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Interior Design.
With Earl Walls Associates since 1989, Ms Kase has served in the
capacities of laboratory designer, project coordinator, and now
is a project manager. She is a focused, thorough project manager
and an innovative designer with extensive experience on various
laboratory projects for academic and institutional research, biotechnology,
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