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Campus OverheadAs Rockefeller maintains and improves facilities, there is a commitment to make choices in construction design and materials that lessen the impact on the environment.

Collaborative Research Center

The Collaborative Research Center (CRC) has earned a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certificate from the U.S. Green Building Council. A LEED certificate indicates that the CRC has met the nationally accepted benchmarks for the design, construction and operation of a high-performance green building.

The CRC is designed to utilize natural light and includes:

  • Reclamation of energy from laboratory exhaust air.
  • Dehumidification equipment to assist with air conditioning.
  • High-efficiency transformers to reduce electrical waste.
  • High-performance windows to increase thermal efficiency.
  • High-performance insulation to increase thermal efficiency.
  • Recycled construction materials.
  • Areas for equipment that generate heat located away from offices and benches so less air conditioning will be necessary.
  • Building materials that do not create off-gassing made from recycled materials and manufactured locally, when possible.

General Construction

  • Low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint, which is composed of less oil and more water, is used whenever possible.
  • Recycled construction materials are used whenever possible.
  • Building materials that do not create off-gassing are used whenever possible.
  • Locally or regionally manufactured materials are used whenever possible.