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April 9, 2010

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Awarded LEED® Gold for Green Building Project

clfThe Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has received LEED® Gold certification for a commercial interior project from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. This is the first LEED certification for the Bloomberg School and the first Gold certification for Johns Hopkins University.

LEED Gold was awarded for the construction of new offices for the Center for a Livable Future (CLF). The 3,000 square-foot office space is located on the seventh floor of the Bloomberg School of Public Health's main building in East Baltimore. The renovation was completed in October 2009 and is an example of how sustainability and recycled building materials can be incorporated into a renovation project. For instance, the interior partitions were built using metal framing with a high-recycled content and insulated using recycled denim (blue jeans) rather than fiberglass. The drywall contained recycled paper with studs made from recycled metals. The construction also used low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints, glues and solvents. The majority of wood used--including the desktops--came from Forest Stewardship Council-certified sustainable forests. In addition, energy saving devices such as light-sensors, occupancy-sensing lighting, and efficient heating and air conditioning systems were used as well. The majority of computers and equipment in the CLF office is Energy Star-rated.

"This project was a perfect example of how an integrated design team should function with the architects, building contractors, facilities management and CLF working together to build a green work environment," said Jonas Risén, who designed the renovation for Ziger/Snead LLP Architects. "Every decision in the construction process has an influence on the next decision, which is why green design needs to start at the beginning of a project and involve all partners."

"Renovating our new space to meet LEED standards was an important affirmation of our mission to 'promote policies that protect health, the global environment and the ability to sustain life for future generations.' We are grateful to the entire team that made certification at the gold level a reality," said Robert S. Lawrence, MD, director of CLF and the Bloomberg School's Center for a Livable Future Professor in Environmental Health Sciences.

Public Affairs media contact for JHSPH: Tim Parsons at?410-955-7619?or tmparson@jhsph.edu.

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