From Green Right Now Reports

Binghamton Science and Engineering BuildingBinghamton University’s new Engineering and Science Building has received the top possible rating from the US Green Building Council.

The LEED Platinum rating, conferred last week, places the $66 million building among only 63 Platinum-level structures in New York state. The super energy-efficient building, which opened in 2011, features passive solar and geothermal heating and cooling, a photovoltaic solar power wall and extensive daylighting via energy efficient windows and skylights. It houses state-of-the-art spaces for student research and laboratories, as well as offices to support business start-ups and collaborations.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a designation developed by the USGBC to distinguish buildings that are built to green standards. Ratings start at LEED-certified, and then include silver, gold and platinum. Those achieving a platinum rating would have driven down the energy costs of the structure using the very latest technologies and design, while also employing local goods to accrue LEED point.

Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger said in an announcement that “a lot of engineers, architects and construction folks had a tremendous amount of fun building this building.”

Perhaps more importantly, the 125,000 square foot Engineering and Science Buildings stands as testament to the energy savings that can be achieved when designers and architects make efficiency a priority, and will serve as a home base for the next generation of innovators.

The new building houses the dean’s office of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and the departments of electrical, computer and mechanical engineering.