Friday, October 10, 2008

Academy of Sciences gains LEED Platinum

The California Academy of Sciences has garnered a LEED Platinum rating for its new facility in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

The U.S. Green Building Council awarded its highest rating to the building, which was designed by Renzo Piano and opened to the public on Sept. 27. The council considers several factors in awarding its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design: sustainable sites; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resouces; indoor environmental quality; and innovation and design process.

Among other green-building features of the Academy of Sciences' is a living roof composed of native California plants. The 2.5-acre roof uses 1.7 million native plants, and was produced as a collaboration among architecture and ecological habitat firm Rana Creek, the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and SWA Landscape Architecture.

PRNewsFoto/Rana Creek

Photo by Tom Prete

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