The LEED Building Certification program was started 11 years ago in 2000. Today, The Green Building Certification Institute issued its 10,000th LEED certificate to the Live Oak Family Resource Center in Santa Cruz, California. This marker not only underscores the success of the program, but also how green and sustainable design have started to become a common trait in the architecture world.
Live Oak serves the community of Santa Cruz as a community center that gives back to residents in many ways. The center offers classes, counseling, youth mentoring, health services, and parenting classes, as well as community aid such as food distribution, school supplies and discounted bus passes. Live Oak Family Resource Center received Platinum certification, meaning it racked up over 80 points on the LEED rating system.
Designed by architect Jacquelyn Low, the building has cork floors, natural lighting from large windows, and a solar power system. The 7,000 square food complex also boasts 46% water reduction compared to other commercial properties. A photovoltaic cell system supplies 37% of the building’s power, and a thick outerskin insulates the interior, reducing solar gain. Recycled and sustainable materials appear throughout the center. The building attained the rating with water efficiency, sustainable materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling.
The Green Building Certification Institute has certified over 1.501billion square feet of new buildings that have been constructed with energy efficiency over the last ten years.