September 18, 2008

Sandia recognizes five green-certified buildings

Buildings awarded LEED building certification

MESA Microsystems Laboratory
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Sandia National Laboratories recently recognized five green-certified buildings in a brief ceremony organized by the Labs’ Environmental Planning Department.

The buildings have been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®), New Construction (NC) building certification given by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is a standard that recognizes the environmental and energy performance, use of materials and resources and indoor environmental quality of a building. Sandia has more than 600,000 square feet of LEED-NC certified space, equivalent to 10 percent of the total building footprint.

Three of the five buildings are part of Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications (MESA) complex dedicated to the advancement of mircoelectromechanical systems (MEMS). The buildings were planned to be the cornerstone of a campus-style technical area. The MESA complex of four new buildings includes about 377,000 square feet on a 30-acre site. It is dedicated to the design, analysis, prototyping, development and qualification of MEMS components.

“The LEED rating system is a prestigious, independent recognition that a building has achieved the highest level of environmental performance,” says Jack Mizner, who coordinated the LEED celebration event. “These buildings also provide a healthful, resource efficient, and productive environment for our workforce.”

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All the LEED-NC certified buildings include:

Sandia has two additional building projects currently registered under the LEED-NC program.  Sandia is also planning to “green” its existing facilities using the LEED rating system. The goal is to certify one or more buildings each year under the LEED-Existing Building (EB) or LEED Commercial Interior (CI) rating systems.

Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.

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