Materials & Technology

Syracuse Center of Excellence headquarters wins LEED award

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 09:37

The Syracuse Center of Excellence (SyracuseCoE) headquarters in Syracuse, New York, has received the LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainable and green design, according to World Interior Design Network (WIDN).

Totaling five stories and spanning 55,000-square-feet, the facility has a narrow appearance and features a variety of green and sustainable technologies to help the building reduce energy consumption and electricity costs.

The center was designed with extensive windows, which allow for the passage of natural light and can help with ventilation. Another feature of the building was the insulation that was constructed using a 100 percent soy-based spray foam, according to WIDN. 

Along with the building materials that help to maximize light and air quality, the center had a radiant heating system installed to provide a sustainable and comfortable source of warmth to students, reported the news source.

A radiant heating system works well with buildings that have large windows, as the technology limits the temperature between the floor and ceiling, unlike more traditional heating systems.