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

Facility Emergency:
Tel: (401) 863-7800

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Tel: (401) 863-7800

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

LEED ® Facts
Warren Alpert Medical Education Building
Providence, RI
LEED for New Construction, v2.2

Certified 2012

GOLD 42*
Sustainable Sites 8/14
Water Efficiency 2/5
Energy & Atmosphere 11/17
Materials & Resources 5/13
Indoor Environment Quality 11/15
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 Medical Education Building 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 622,693 gallons of water per year. This building only uses 365,666 gallons of water per year. Therefore, 257,027 gallons are saved each year 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 Medical Education Building uses 41.3% less water than stated in the Energy Policy Act of 1992 fixture performance criteria. The Medical Education Building 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:  Steven Phillips
Facilities Engineer:  John Faunce King
Design Architect: Ellensweig
Civil Engineer: Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc
MEP Engineer: Bard, Rao + Athanas
Commissioning: Sebesta Bloomberg
Contractor: Suffolk Construction
Sustainability Consultant/LEED Administrator: Green Engineer