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

Facility Emergency:
Tel: (401) 863-7800

Service Request:
Tel: (401) 863-7800

Main Office:
Tel: (401) 863-7850
Fax: (401) 863-7885

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

Water Efficiency (WE)
4 of 10 points attempted

Reducing potable water use in buildings decreases the amount of water drawn from rivers, streams, underground aquifers, and other water bodies. Strategies, such as increasing the water efficiency of building systems and fixtures, eliminating the need for landscape irrigation, and installing rainwater catchment systems, ease the strain on water resources. Water heating in commercial buildings represents almost 15% of building energy use, so efficiency measures will also reduce energy use, and pollution and greenhouse gas emissions associated with its production. Conserving municipally supplied water decreases the chemical input at water treatment works and the energy used for distribution.

WEc1.1 - Water Efficient Landscaping, Reduce by 50% (2/2)

WEc3.2 - Water Use Reduction, 30% Reduction (2/4)

Not Attempted: WEc1.2 - Water Efficient Landscaping, No Potable Use or No Irrigation; WEc2 - Innovative Wastewater Technologies

Credit 1.1 - Water Efficient Landscaping, 50% Reduction: Through enhanced weather-sensing irrigation controls, and high-efficiency distribution methods, as prescribed by the United States Green Building Council, a 58.9% reduction in potable water was achieved.

Credit 3.2 - Water Use Reduction, 30% Reduction:  This point states that the Aquatics Fitness Center uses 31% less water than stated in the Energy Policy Act of 1992 fixture performance criteria. The Aquatics Fitness Center achieved this point by utilizing low flow fixtures and occupancy sensor and low-flow urinals with dual flush system. A dual flush toilet allows the user to choose between two settings for flushing – a low amount of water, usually used for liquid waste, and a high amount of water, usually used for solid waste. This saves a significant amount of water use because it allows users to select the amount of water needed to flush the toilet.


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