UCSF Sustainability Stories


Deborah Fleischer, March 2012


HSE5 Center for Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration Awarded LEED Gold

LEED Gold1

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded UCSF’s HSE5 Center for Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration LEED-CI (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Commercial Interiors) Gold Certification.  LEED is the nation’s preeminent sustainable design rating system for design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.  To achieve LEED Gold for a laboratory, which consumes significantly more energy per square foot than the average building due to the specialized equipment is a major accomplishment and recognition for UCSF’s commitment to outstanding sustainable design and construction methods. The project embodies the best of sustainable design, functionality, flexibility and research in a biomedical research laboratory.

The Design Partnership, UCSF, Gayner Engineers and Whiting-Turner partnered to achieve this rating under LEED for Commercial Interiors 2.0. LEED for Commercial Interiors is the green benchmark for the tenant improvement market. It is the recognized system for certifying high-performance green interiors that are healthy, productive places to work; are less costly to operate and maintain; and have a reduced environmental footprint. LEED for Commercial Interiors gives the power to make sustainable choices to projects who do not always have control over whole building operations.

Leed Gold2The design encompasses a holistic approach to sustainability, from planning and schematic design through construction. The new open laboratory provides daylight to 100 percent of all non-light-sensitive research spaces and promotes a healthy and uplifting workplace by maximizing access to daylight and views via unobstructed perimeter windows.

Additional sustainable features include:

• Use of more than 20 percent recycled materials and low-emitting materials in all paints, adhesives, carpets and wood products;
• Diverting more than 80 percent of construction waste from the landfill;
• Reduced energy consumption 15 percent below ANSI/ASHRAE/IENSA 90.1-2004; and
• Optimized HVAC and thermal control and monitoring systems.