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Green Building Features: Lincoln-Edmunds Buildings

The Lincoln-Edmunds complex includes a 88.2 kW solar photovoltaic array.

The Lincoln-Edmunds Buildings are the second and third buildings at Pomona to receive certification by the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED system.  While at the time, Pomona's green building standards required buildings to be built to Silver-equivalent standards, these buildings went farther to achieve Gold certification. To achieve this, architects and builders had to satisfy a wide range of criteria, from water-efficient landscaping choices and plumbing fixtures to a photovoltaic array installed on the roof to locally- and regionally-sourced building materials. The buildings opened for classes in Fall 2006 and were dedicated in March 2007.

The buildings together contain approximately 82,000 square-feet of building area and use approximately 1.2 million kWh per year, or 14 kWh per square foot.

Building Features

Sustainable Sites

  • The development and implementation of an erosion and sedimentation control plan for the construction process
  • Access to public transportation within walking distance
  • Bicycle storage and showers/changing rooms to encourage bicycle commuting for employees working in the building
  • Zero new parking space developed
  • The use of light-colored concrete in the hardscape to reduce the heat-island effect

Water Efficiency

  • Water-efficient landscaping that reduces irrigation water use by 50%, including both the choices of native trees, shrubs, and groundcover and the installation of high-efficiency irrigation technology with programmable controllers and a rain gauge
  • The reduction of water use through high-efficiency plumbing fixtures (e.g. toilets, sinks, urinals). These fixtures reduce water use by 20%.

Energy & Atmosphere

  • All of the buildings' energy systems were verified to have been installed, calibrated, and performing as intended, to ensure efficiency
  • The buildings perform 38.9% better than Title-24 energy efficiency requirements, not including the energy generated by the buildings' solar photovoltaic array
  • The elimination of CFC-based refrigerants in air conditioning and ventilation systems
  • The installation of 88.2 kW of solar photovoltaic panels on the roof of the buildings - track it in real-time here!

Material Resources

  • The diversion of over 75% of on-site construction waste to recycling or other non-landfill, reuse destinations
  • 20% of the value of manufactured materials produced within 500 miles of the site, and 50% of that extracted locally. Concrete, drywall, carpet, and paint were among the locally/regionally-sourced construction materials.

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) performance during and after construction
  • Low-emitting materials, adhesives, sealants, paint, carpet
  • Operable windows to give occupants thermal control and to provide fresh air