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Stanford's Environment & Energy Building Receives Best LEED Certification

U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the highest sustainability certification to Stanford University's Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building.
Courtesy of Green Building Elements

When Stanford University's four-story Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building first opened, it was the third green building to be constructed on campus, joining two other buildings: the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology and Leslie Shao-Ming Sun Field Station at the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve.

This building has three levels above ground, and a basement level. It contains laboratories, offices, classrooms, collaboration spaces, meeting rooms, inviting arrangements, and even a caf?.

It is a LEED Platinum certification for operation and maintenance. The LEED-EBOM rating is based on actual building performance, rather than design potential, unlike the other versions of the rating system.

The 166,000 square foot building was formerly known as "Y2E2."

To obtain such an extreme certification, it had to demonstrate highly efficient performance in many areas, including reduced waste, high energy efficiency, and reduced water consumption.

"This certification is more than a reflection of the incredible performance of the Y2E2 building in terms of energy, water and resource use," said Jeffrey Kosef, co-director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and chair of the Y2E2 Building Leadership Team. "It is a measure of the dedication and commitment to meeting the daily challenge of sustainability of the inhabitants of the building and all the vendors and contractors that service it."

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