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

Water Efficiency (WE)
2 of 5 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.

WEc3.1 - Water Use Reduction, 20% Reduction (1/1)

WEc3.2 - Water Use Reduction, 30% Reduction (1/1)

Not Attempted: WEc1.1 - Water Efficient Landscaping, Reduce by 50%; WEc1.2 - Water Efficient Landscaping, No Potable Use or No Irrigation; WEc2 - Innovative Wastewater Technologies

Credit 3.1 - Water Use Reduction, 20% Reduction: The Creative Arts Center uses 20% less water than stated in the Energy Policy Act of 1992 fixture performance criteria. The policy states that a building of this capacity should only use 606 gallons of water per day. This building only uses 401 gallons of water per day. Therefore, 205 gallons are saved each day because of the efficient water systems installed in the building.

Credit 3.2 - Water Use Reduction, 30% Reduction: Similar to the previous credit, this point states that the Creative Arts Center uses 33.9% less water than stated in the Energy Policy Act of 1992 fixture performance criteria. The Creative Arts Center achieved this point by utilizing low flow urinals with occupancy sensor and low-flow fixtures 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:  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