TCES One of the “Greenest” Buildings in the World

Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Did you know…We have One of the ‘Greenest’ Buildings In World?

Posted on June 9, 2008
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That’s right.

Located in Incline Village, the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences building on the campus on Sierra Nevada College has received a Platinum LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

What a perfect tribute to our preservation efforts.

TCES is the first building in Nevada to earn the recognition, one of 5 laboratories and one of only 26 facilities in the world to have earned the highest tier of recognition for energy and environmental design excellence under the LEED program for New Construction (LEED NC.). LEED is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

To achieve this designation, the project design had to achieve over 52 credits in 6 subject areas:

    * Sustainable Sites
    * Energy & Atmosphere
    * Water Efficiency
    * Materials & Resources
    * Indoor Environmental Quality
    * Innovation & Design Process

TCES got 56 points – OVER ACHIEVER!

The 45,000-square-foot facility housing UC Davis’s research laboratories, a public education center; Sierra Nevada College laboratories and classrooms; and office space for the Desert Research Institute and University of Nevada, Reno’s Academy for the Environment. To learn more, visit their website.

All of these functions are focused on understanding and preserving the unique ecology of the Lake Tahoe watershed. Achieving the Platinum certification not only shows congruence with that focus, but proves that sustainable, energy-efficient design is possible even for complex, critical-use buildings such as laboratories.

boatexhibit.JPGSome highlights:

    * The TCES building uses 60% less energy than a building of the same function, climate and size.
    * Potable water use was reduced 65% through the use of drought-tolerant native plants, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, and the use of treated rainwater for toilets.
    * Retention basins were used to slow down and treat storm water runoff and reduced areas of site disturbance during construction.
    * Building materials included high levels of recycled content and materials from local sources (reducing environmental impacts of transportation).
    * Over 85% of the construction waste was recycled.

Check it out this engineering marvel.

Take a Tour of the TCES building or Thomas J. Long Education Center.


The Education Center is located in the TCES building on the campus of Sierra Nevada College located at:
291 Country Club Drive
Incline Village, Nevada

Hours: TCES building is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with special appointments available.

During peak months the Education Center will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Tours: Volunteer docents are available for guided tours of the Education Center and TCES building, questions about exhibits, operation of 3-D Visualization Lab, and general information. Regular tours are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Contact: Stop by during our regular hours, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., or schedule a docent-led tour.

Call 775-881-7560 for more information.

Photos by Chris Talbot