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Bren School to Build New Home
93106 The faculty and staff newspaper
April 10, 2000

Construction of a $22-million home for the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management will begin with a ceremonial groundbreaking and reception at the site of the new building on April 19 from 2 to 3 p.m. The campus community is invited to attend.

When completed sometime in 2001, the four-story structure will provide offices, laboratories, and a conference room for the Bren school, UCSB’s professional school that trains advanced students in environmental problem-solving.

The 85,000-square-foot building will be environmentally state-of-the-art, employing energy-efficient technology to create the "greenest building in the UC system," according to Jeff Dozier, dean of the school.

UCSB’s new building is designed to harvest natural light, heating, and cooling. The carpets, wallboard, ceiling tiles, furniture, and insulation will be made from recycled materials. Wood paneling will come from certified sustainable forest harvests. Landscaping will shade and shelter the building, use drought-tolerant native plants, and use reclaimed water for irrigation.

The building was one of 12 distinct structures to be certified for sustainable design and construction by the U.S. Green Building Council. In making the announcement last month, the council recognized the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management building for achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

LEED is a comprehensive rating system that provides direction and definition for environmentally sensitive structures.