Department of
Facilities Management
Brown University
Box 1941
295 Lloyd Ave.
Providence, RI 02912

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Tel: (401) 863-7800

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Tel: (401) 863-7800

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Tel: (401) 863-7850
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LEED ® Facts
Nelson and Fitness Center
Providence, RI
LEED for New Construction, v3

Certification achieved January 2014

GOLD 64*
Sustainable Sites 21/26
Water Efficiency 4/10
Energy & Atmosphere 17/35
Materials & Resources 4/14
Indoor Environment Quality 10/15
Innovation & Design 6/6
Regional Priority 2/4
* Out of possible 110

Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ)
8 of 15 points attempted

Indoor environmental quality has a significant effect on building occupants’ health, well-being, and productivity. Because Americans spend more than 90% of their time indoors, improving the quality of the indoor environment has become a focus of government and private efforts in recent decades. Indoor air quality issues are related to adverse health reactions, such as asthma, upper respiratory infections, and headaches, and can cause absenteeism and productivity losses. Techniques for boosting indoor air quality include improving ventilation, managing air contaminants, and using low-emitting materials to the exterior. Other strategies, like ensuring thermal comfort and providing sufficient daylighting and views, also enhance indoor environmental quality and have been shown to increase the productivity and comfort of building occupants.

EQc2 - Increase Ventilation: Increase ventilation rates by 30% above ASHRAE 62.1-2004 (1/1)

EQc3.1 - Construction IAQ Management Plan, During Construction: Develop an IAQ plan that meets SMACNA IAQ Guidelines for Occupied Buildings Under Construction(1/1)

EQc4.1 - Low-Emitting Materials, Adhesives & Sealants (1/1)

EQc4.2 - Low-Emitting Materials, Paints & Coatings (1/1)

EQc4.3 - Low-Emitting Materials, Carpet Systems (1/1)

EQc4.4 - Low-Emitting Materials, Composite Wood & Agrifiber Products (1/1)

EQc5 - Indoor Chemical & Pollutant Source Control (1/1)

EQc6.1 - Controllability of Systems, Lighting (1/1)

EQc7.1 - Thermal Comfort, Design (1/1)

EQc7.2 - Thermal Comfort, Verification (1/1)

Not Attempted: EQc1 - Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring (1/1); EQc3.2 - Construction IAQ Management Plan, Before Occupancy: Provide air quality testing or building flush-out prior to occupancy (0/1); EQc6.2 - Controllability of Systems, Thermal Comfort: Provide comfort controls or operable windows for individuals and group spaces (0/1); EQc8.1 - Daylight & Views, Daylight 75% of Spaces: Achieve 2% glazing factor, or 25 footcandles, in 75% of regularly occupied spaces (0/1);. EQc8.2 - Daylight & Views, Views for 90% of Spaces (0/1)

Prerequisite 1: Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance: The ventilation system draws air from outdoors and circulates it through the building at the rate required by LEED.  Air circulation is important in a building to provide optimal comfort and air quality for building occupants.

Prerequisite 2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control: This prerequisite prohibits smoking indoors and within 25 feet of building entries, outdoor air intakes, and operable windows. Brown University prohibits smoking in all campus buildings and within 35 feet of entrances to those buildings.

Credit 2: Increased Ventilation: Increase ventilation rates by 30% above ASHRAE 62.1-2004: The project has increased breathing zone outdoor air ventilation rates to all occupied spaces by 30% above the minimum rates required by ASHRAE Standards 62.1-2004 as determined by EQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance.

Credit 3.1 - Construction IAQ Management Plan, During Construction: The project followed the five Design Approaches of SMACNA IAQ Guideline for Occupied Buildings under Construction, 1995, Chapter 3, which were used during construction. MERV 8 filters were used during construction and MERV 13 filters were installed at the end of construction.

Credit 4.1 - Low-Emitting Materials, Adhesives & Sealants: The Aquatics Fitness Center applied low-emitting adhesives and sealants.  A substance that is low-emitting does not release unwanted chemicals or toxins into the environment.

Credit 4.2 - Low-Emitting Materials, Paints & Coatings: The Aquatics Fitness Center used low-emitting paints and coatings. A substance that is low-emitting does not release unwanted chemicals or toxins into the environment.

Credit 4.3 - Low-Emitting Materials, Carpet Systems: All adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, and carpets do not release toxins or volatile organic compounds.

Credit 4.4 - Low-Emitting Materials, Composite Wood & Agrifiber Products: All adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, and carpets do not release toxins or volatile organic compounds.

Credit 5 - Indoor Chemical & Pollutant Source Control: Installed at main entrances are flush, recessed floor recycled fiber-reinforced rubber treads, two treads alternating with aluminum divider bars with a recessed aluminum frame.  The grate is dropped into the recessed frame to minimize outside debris tracked into the building. Sources of harmful pollutants, including custodial closets and copy rooms, are maintained at a negative pressure to ensure all contaminants are vented outside.

Credit 6.1 - Controllability of Systems, Lighting: Each room has individual occupant-adjustable lighting controls. Offices are equipped with motion sensors to turn off lights when rooms are unoccupied. Perimeter areas also have daylight sensors to automatically reduce artificial lighting during the day.

Credit 7.1 - Thermal Comfort, Design:The design team employed calculations pursuant to American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 55.1-2004 to determine ventilation requirements for passively and actively ventilated spaces.

Credit 7.2 - Thermal Comfort, Verification: In order to achieve this point, Brown implemented a thermal comfort survey of building occupants within a period of 6 to 18 months of occupancy and committed to taking corrective action if more than 20% of the occupants are dissatisfied with the settings.


Facilities Project Manager:  John Cooke
Facilities Engineer:  John Faunce King
Design Architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Civil Engineer: Woodard & Curran
MEP Engineer: Wozny Barbar & Asso
Commissioning: Stephen Turner
Contractor: Shawmut Design and Construction
Sustainability Consultant/LEED Administrator: Green Engineer