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Engineering | Del E. Webb School of Construction

LEED Gold Certification

College Avenue Commons has earned LEED Gold Certification

LEED Gold CertifiedASU has a strong commitment to sustainability, and nothing demonstrates this more than the sixteen LEED-certified buildings which have been built in the last decade on ASU’s campuses.

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is the global leader in green building evaluation, using their LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) evaluation system to quantify the sustainability of a building from groundbreaking to ribbon-cutting.

Several sustainable features were included in the design and construction of the CAVC which contributed to the LEED Gold certification, including the following:

CAVC Green Construction Highlights

  • diversion of construction waste
  • use of recycled and low-emitting building materials.

CAVC Exterior Highlights

  • cantilevered structure creates shaded areas
  • second-floor deck
  • multiple ground-level patios
  • water harvesting for storage and reuse
  • a ventilated façade to reduce exterior surface temperatures
  • opportunities for building integrated photovoltaic/solar-thermal technologies
  • natural ventilation of atrium spaces
  • solar hot water heating for domestic and/or building heat
  • LED lighting in some or all areas

CAVC Interior Highlights (both categories with photos from vision to completion)

  • visible heating and cooling systems which monitor water usage
  • sensors throughout the building that allow instructors and students to monitor building performance
  • increased use of daylight in the classrooms
  • reduced water use
  • LED lighting in some or all areas

Real-time Data Monitoring and Barn Door Models

One of the greatest strengths of the CAVC construction model is that much of the building’s resource use is monitored in real-time electronically using built-in sensors in the building. Data collected can be used to measure the efficacy of green building solutions throughout the building.

In addition, slide-out barn doors reveal “behind-the-wall” models of the framing, wiring and insulation. These exposed walls  show students how they were built.

Learn More about LEED Certification and other ASU buildings with LEED Certification