11 LEED Buildings Now For California College

Future physics majors looking for a green school have a new option, as UC Santa Barbara‘s Kohn Hall, home of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, was recently awarded LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

This certification was received in response to a recent retrofit of the building that increased interior day lighting and natural ventilation. These changes — as well as efficient cooling provided by the campus’ chilled water loop — are expected to save Kohn Hall thousands of dollars in annual energy costs, making it one of the buildings on campus with the lightest carbon footprint.

UC Santa Barbara Kohn Hall

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According to Jordan Sager, UCSB’s LEED program manager, Kohn Hall clocks in at the 92nd percentile for energy performance, as demonstrated by a U.S. Department of Energy benchmarking analysis.

With this certification, Kohn Hall becomes UCSB’s sixth campus building to be certified through the LEED Existing Building Portfolio Program, and its 11th LEED building overall.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.