The United States Green Building Council has awarded a LEED gold rating to the newly constructed Business Building. The building scored high for indoor environmental quality as well as energy savings. University project manager Brad Bunzey said, “The idea behind this is to really use items which don’t harm the environment or create an unhealthy atmosphere within the building.”
Bunzey said, “We focused on really trying hard to make the building envelope perform as well as possible so any energy used for either heating or cooling stays in the building. This is a challenge when a building incorporates the vistas enjoyed on campus with significant amounts of glazing (windows).” Concrete vertical fins on the exterior and a white roof redirect and reflect sunlight to keep the building cool. High performance triple pane glass contributes to high energy efficiency.
In 2008, the University at Albany signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by the year 2050. The energy efficient Business Building moves the university closer to that goal.