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Monday, April 12, 2010

RIT makes list of "Top 50 Green Buildings Around the World"

From:  Engineering a Better World -- 50 Greenest Buildings in the World 

“Greenest” can be a highly subjective term. An environmentally-friendly building encompasses an exceptionally broad spectrum of elements – with some excelling in a couple of areas but potentially in need of a boost in another.  Once a building attains the platinum LEED certification levels as outlined by the United States Green Building Council it is difficult to define what makes a building “greener” than one of its fellow sustainable contemporaries.  There are far more than 50 platinum-certified buildings, both retrofitted and built from the ground up around the world. Some nations also play host to extremely green buildings, but hold them to different standards than the United States or have not submitted themselves for LEED certification in spite of probably meeting at least one level of their different criteria.

Engineering a Better World compiled a list of its favorites, and RIT’s University Services Center in Rochester, NY made #5 in the world.  Rochester Institute of Technology also plays host to a LEED-certified gold building as well.  It's website proudly outlines some of the hallmarks of their first platinum achievement.

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