The Business Instructional Facility was awarded the LEED Platinum Certification on December 2, 2009, having achieved 52 of the 69 possible points on the LEED Scorecard. The construction was especially strong in the Indoor Environmental Quality, receiving 13 of the 15 possible points in that area. This building is the first business facility at a public university anywhere in the world to earn platinum certification through LEED. Cesar Pelli, a U. of I. graduate who was named one of the nation’s 10 most influential architects by the American Institute of Architects, designed the four-story, 160,000-square-foot facility. “LEED platinum certification is more than a culminating acknowledgement of the university’s exceptional environmental stewardship,” said Craig G. Copeland, a senior associate with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
The building was awarded the LEED certification because of the materials the it is made of; the practices used in construction; the “load” it places on campus power, cooling, water, and sewage infrastructure; the impact it has on the environment; and the functions it serves. Sustainable features of the building include 4,000 square feet of solar panels on the outside of the building and automatic light dimmers that detect ambient light from outside in order to adjust accordingly to reduce power consumption. More information about the specifics of the building features and certification requirements is available on the University of Illinois College of Business' page and in the USGBC’s directory.