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LEED Gold Certified, Schwarzman College Commits to RESET for IAQ
Print Article Contributed by BSM Staff

BEIJING -- Schwarzman College, set on the campus of Tsinghua University in China, has been certified LEED Gold by USGBC under the LEED-New Construction system, a globally recognized certification of sustainability achievement.

Schwarzman College opened its doors with the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars in 2016. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the 200,000-square-foot campus houses one of the most advanced higher-education facilities in the world and is one of the first LEED Gold–certified academic buildings in China.

“While creating the program, it was important that the building of Schwarzman College be a representation of the innovation and positive global impact that the program will have for the future,” said Stephen A. Schwarzman, Founding Trustee of Schwarzman Scholars.

With support of the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in building design, construction and operation, Schwarzman College joins the more than 1,000 LEED-certified buildings in Greater China.

“LEED is a transformative tool that ensures a building is designed and operating to achieve high performance in key areas of human and environmental health while enhancing the triple bottom line - people, planet and profit,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “By prioritizing sustainability, Schwarzman College is leading the way in global excellence and performance improvement, and helping USGBC continue toward our vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation.”

The College has also committed to RESET Certified air quality monitoring, which uses a cloud-based tool focused on health and regeneration to provide accurate metrics regarding the performance of indoor air filtration. RESET makes air quality data easily available to all occupants of the building.

“The Schwarzman Scholars Program provides an advanced educational experience in a building with exceptionally good indoor air quality, designed to optimize the health and performance of scholars” said Raefer Wallis, Founder of RESET. “Achieving RESET Certification ensures scholars have access to accurate, up to date data on both indoor and outdoor air quality, and, ensures that the building’s high-efficiency filtration system continues to perform over time.”

To ensure the success of Schwarzman College LEED and RESET commitments, Schneider Electric, a leading provider of energy management, generously contributed HVAC and control equipment critical to achieving exemplary performance.

Schwarzman Scholars was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, which was founded in 1902 to promote international understanding and peace, and is designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Blackstone Co-Founder Stephen A. Schwarzman personally contributed over $100 million to the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $500 million from others to endow the program in perpetuity.

Learn more at www.schwarzmanscholars.org.

 

 


 

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