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
Center for the Creative Arts
Providence, RI
LEED for New Construction, v2.2

Certified 2012

GOLD 45*
Sustainable Sites 12/14
Water Efficiency 2/5
Energy & Atmosphere 10/17
Materials & Resources 4/13
Indoor Environment Quality 12/15
Innovation & Design 5/5
* Out of possible 69

Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ)
11 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.

EQc1 - Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring (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)

EQc6.2 - Controllability of Systems, Thermal Comfort (1/1)

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

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

EQc8.1 - Daylight & Views, Daylight 75% of Spaces (1/1)

EQc8.2 - Daylight & Views, Views for 90% of Spaces (0/1)

Not Attempted: EQc2 - Increased Ventilation (0/1); EQc3.1 - Construction IAQ Management Plan (0/1); EQc3.2 - Construction IAQ Management Plan, Before Occupancy (0/1); EQc8.2 - Daylight & Views, Views for 90% of Spaces (0/1)

Prerequisite 1 - Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance: There are recycling collection bins located throughout the building.  Each location has a bin for bottles, cans, and paper.

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 1 - Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring: Equipment has been installed in Rhode Island Hall to monitor air that enters the building for ventilation to ensure that it is fresh and unpolluted. If the outdoor air is particularly polluted the operators of the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system are automatically notified via the electronic monitoring system allowing them to respond quickly.

Credit 4.1 - Low-Emitting Materials, Adhesives & Sealants: Rhode Island Hall 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: Rhode Island Hall 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: None of the indoor composite wood and agrifiber products used on this project contain added Urea-Formaldehyde content.

Credit 5 - Indoor Chemical & Pollutant Source Control: Mats were installed on the east and west entrance vestibules 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 6.2 - Controllability of Systems, Thermal Comfort: Each room also includes temperature and ventilation controls. The double-hung windows are all operable.

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.

Credit 8.1 - Daylight & Views, Daylight 75% of Spaces: Within the building as a whole, 78% of the regularly occupied spaces in Rhode Island Hall have day lighting and views.

Credit 8.2 - Daylight and Views, Views for 90% of Spaces: There is a direct line of sight to the outdoors in 94.34% of all regularly occupied areas, which exceeded the specified minimum of 90%. With access to views of the outdoors, occupants can maintain a visual connection to the surrounding environment.

The Cohen Gallery in the Granoff Center is used for rotating exhibits. The room takes advantage of daylight through a large amount of window space.

The offices in the building have daylighting and views to the exterior.

The floor plan of the building has a lot of open space and atriums, allowing light to penetrate from the different floors.


Facilities Project Manager:  Reed Bergwall
Facilities Engineer:  John Faunce King
Design Architect:  Diller Scofidio Renfro
Civil Engineer:  Nitsch Engineer
MEP Engineer:  Altieri Sebor Wieber
Landscape:  Todd Rader and Amy Crews
Commissioning:  RDK Engineers
Contractor:  Shawmut Design and Construction
Sustainability Consultant/LEED Administrator:  Atelier Ten