ORAU Center for Science Education

ORAU’s Center for Science Education

The First New Office Building in Tennessee to Become LEED Certified to the Gold Level in the New Construction Category

U.S. Green Building CouncilORAU’s Center for Science Education (CSE) building, located in the heart of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is LEED certified to the Gold level from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Achieving this standard reflects how ORAU is part of the vanguard of corporations dedicated to superlative environmental stewardship and the promotion of a healthful, comfortable and convenient work environment for the CSE facility’s occupants.

The distinction of LEED certification is fitting for the CSE, which houses a state-of-the-art classroom for teachers and students to communicate directly with researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The LEED Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance, sustainable buildings.

The CSE efficiently uses resources—energy, water and materials—while minimizing the building’s effects on human health and the environment, and promoting economic performance. This sustainability is achieved through site choice, design, construction, operation and maintenance that exceed those of normal, “built to code” buildings.

The LEED Difference is in the Details

Diagram of site plan

Site Sustainability
Abundant open space around CSE structure, exceeding zoning requirement by more than 300 percent

Handsink with automatic faucet

Water Savings
Efficient fixtures for greater than 35 percent water cost reduction

HVAC unit

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Assurance
IAQ control during construction, IAQ testing before occupancy, Green Seal ® certified carpet, low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) building products, no building products containing urea-formaldehyde, and sensors for monitoring and automatically adjusting IAQ

Lighting control

Lighting Control
Daylight sensing for indoor light level adjustment, occupancy sensors for turning off lights in unoccupied spaces, step lighting and task lighting for adjustment to desired levels, timers for turning nonemergency lights off at the end of the day — overall energy savings of greater than 23 percent

Photo of nearby parkCommunity Connectivity
Urban Oak Ridge location, within one-half mile of many community and retail services, residential areas and a park

View the Example Gallery for images and information on the sustainable characteristics of the CSE building.