LEED Gold certification

The Beus Center for Law and Society also received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification in May, four years after building completion.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across the following metrics: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Gold certifications are given to buildings that score between 60-79 points. The center received a score of 61 due to the following sustainable and energy efficient features:

  • Configuration of the main building facade designed to change in response to solar orientation.
  • High-efficiency HVAC system that includes chilled beams and airfloor heating/cooling.
  • Lighting system is 100% LED, with daylighting and occupancy controls contributing to a low-energy lighting design.
  • Desert-adaptive plants in the building landscaping.
  • More than 75% of the construction waste was diverted from landfills.
Nicole Almond Anderson

Director of Communications, Thunderbird School of Global Management