The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences

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project at a glance

The three-story, 45,000 square foot Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences is home to offices and laboratories for the University of California, Davis Tahoe Research Group and Desert Research Institute, as well as classrooms and laboratories for Sierra Nevada College undergraduates, as well as a 300-person conference center/auditorium.

With a design that emphasizes sustainable building methods to reduce energy consumption, improve overall building efficiency, and increase occupant comfort, the facility features a host of sustainable systems and elements, including active solar hot water, photovoltaic panels, cogeneration, underground chilled water storage, a rainwater harvesting system, induction diffusers, waterless urinals, skylights, and light shelves.

In addition, more than 85 percent of the project's construction waste was diverted from landfills and more than 25 percent of project supplies contained recycled materials.

The project achieved LEED Platinum certification.

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