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Feb. 14, 2013

Julka Hall awarded LEED Gold Certification

Environment friendly building reduces

By Daniel Herda

Julka Hall, home to the College of Education and Human Services, has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The building was opened in 2010 and named after Bill Julka, who was a Cleveland businessman and university benefactor. Previously, the building had received two design awards from the Columbus chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The award status of Julka Hall continues, only the theme has shifted from architectural design to environmental design.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED is the nation’s chief program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

Julka Hall’s LEED Gold certification is the highest honor Cleveland State has received from the U.S. Green Building Council, which is based in Washington D.C.

President Ronald Berkman said the university was honored to have LEED Gold Certification and will continue to remake Cleveland State’s campus in ways that support environmental stewardship.

“The ever-growing list of environmentally friendly new buildings on campus that have earned prestigious LEED certification underscores the university’s on-going commitment to sustainability,” Berkman said.

LEED’s four levels of certification are Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Two other additions to the Cleveland State campus also have LEED honors: the Recreation Center (LEED Certified) and the Euclid Commons residence hall (LEED Silver).

Rick Fedrizzi is the president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council. He feels that, with each new LEED building, the USGBC’s vision of a sustainably built environment comes closer to a reality.

“As the newest member of the LEED green building family, Julka Hall is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement,” Fedrizzi said.

Because they use less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money, lower greenhouse gas emissions and create a healthier environment for residents, workers and the community.

The Washington D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a sustainable future for the nation through cost efficient and energy saving green buildings. Since buildings in the U.S. are responsible for 39 percent of CO2 emissions, the Green Building Council is a pioneer in forging a cleaner future for the environment.