Chabot College student center granted LEED platinum for use of radiant heating, green products

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 10:22

Chabot Community College in Hayward, California, recently achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification for its sustainably-designed student center building, complete with a radiant heating system and dynamic glazing on windows throughout the facility.

According to a release, the Community and Student Services Center (CSSC) is the centerpiece of the school's "green intelligent building initiative," serving more than 15,000 students, staff and faculty members.

The use of innovative glass technology and an energy efficient radiant heating system helped the building achieve a high level of savings, both in terms of money and consumption. The combination of green technology allowed the structure to achieve the highly-sought LEED Platinum designation from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

"Together with the other energy-efficient and sustainable components of the project, SageGlass was an important part in helping us earn LEED Platinum certification for the Chabot College Community and Student Services Center," the glass company said in a release.

When a building is certified by the USGBC as an LEED structure, the value of the property increases and the facility will operate in a way that helps to save money for the organization.

The use of technology like a radiant heating system helps to limit the negative impact a building has on the environment as well as reducing the amount of money that is directed toward heating costs.

A Warmboard radiant heating system helps to maximize on these reductions, as the efficient design of the system helps to lower the amount of energy that is needed to provide a sufficient level of heat.

This helps to limit electricity costs and increases the value of a building, both in terms of long-term operating costs and property valuation.