LEED® Platinum for TCCD Energy Technology Center
The Center of Excellence for Energy Technology (CEET) on Tarrant County College’s South Campus has earned LEED® Platinum certification from the U.S Green Building Council, the organization’s highest rating for environmental sustainability and a first for Freese and Nichols. CEET is one of only two non-residential structures in Tarrant County to receive this distinction and one of six higher education structures in Texas.
LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health. There are four levels of LEED certification – Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
Filled with natural light and the latest technology, the 87,000-square-foot, $42-million learning and training center features an exposed color-coded mechanical infrastructure to aid with teaching. Among the facility’s green features: 416 solar panels providing one-third of the building’s energy; LED lights to reduce energy use and decrease cooling loads; geothermal heating and cooling systems; sustainable water management practices; an outdoor garden bioswale (rain garden); and touch-screen monitors providing real-time data on the building’s energy consumption.
Since opening in September 2015, CEET has housed the Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology; Construction Management; Oil and Gas Technology and Renewable Energy programs. The building has been recognized for its eco-friendly design, engineering and sustainability features. CEET has been named Best Green Project by ENR Texas & Louisiana.