Queens, NY – November 16, 2011 – The Summit Residence Hall at Queens College has just been awarded a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold rating, the second highest level of LEED certification, announced Richard Cherry, the president of Community Environmental Center (CEC), LEED consultant on the project.
The Summit, Queens College’s first residence hall, opened in August 2009. Designed by Goshow Architects of Manhattan, the airy, cream-and-red-brick building accommodates 506 beds for students and also includes a conference room, a fitness center and a lounge. Queens College, as part of the CUNY system, agreed to purchase renewable energy for 100 percent of the building’s electricity usage for the first two years of the building’s operation.
“We congratulate Queens College on its commitment to sustainability,” said Cherry of CEC, “not only within its buildings but also through its educational programs and its Sustainability Council, which helps to bring sustainability to the daily workings of the school.”
LEED Certification, which is overseen by the United States Green Building Council, often is awarded after a new building is completed and operating. Community Environmental Center has been involved with the Summit Residence Hall project since 2007, doing energy modeling and working with Dome-Tech, Inc., an energy engineering firm, on both fundamental and enhanced Commissioning, which helped earn additional LEED credits.
The nonprofit Community Environmental Center is located in Long Island City, Queens. CEC is the largest provider of weatherization services under New York State’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and also serves the private sector through LEED Consulting, Energy Audits and Retrofits, Solar Thermal Installations, and Cellulose Installations.
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