Kentucky College Building Receives LEED Certification
An administration building at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, is the state's first building to receive the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The exterior of Lincoln Hall remains virtually unchanged, but the interior combines a strong commitment to sustainability and preserves elements from its history. A three-story central atrium makes a dramatic architectural statement as it brings daylight into the heart of the building. Expansive glass in interior walls provides outdoor views from most parts of the building.
LEED certification is based on a point system that evaluates projects on more than 70 criteria, including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. Certification is given at three levels, and Lincoln Hall received the mid-level "Silver" certification. More information about LEED certification is available from the U.S. Green Building Council.