CSU, Chico News

Blitz Build Holds Celebration for LEED Gold Certification

Date: 04-19-2011

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
David Shirah
Department of Construction Management

The College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management (ECC) at California State University, Chico is celebrating the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification received for two homes built in January 2010 during the Catalyst Blitz Build Project.

City representatives, community partners, local builders, faculty and volunteers will gather on Monday, April 25 at 4 p.m. in Sylvester’s Café on the CSU, Chico campus to mark the first LEED certification awarded for a home in Chico. Light refreshments will be served.

Faculty and students partnered with local builders and the city of Chico to design and build two homes in January 2010 for Catalyst, a service provider for victims of domestic violence and their children. They followed principles of sustainable development often called “green building.” They completed the project with two more transitional homes this past January.

That such a project, designed and built by students, resulted in a LEED Gold certification is noteworthy. That the students, faculty advisers and building industry partners accomplished the project at a 30 percent-lower cost than a standard home, rather than the higher cost usually required for a LEED certified home, is nothing short of phenomenal, said Jim O’Bannon, a faculty adviser to the project.

Student Project Manager Nikki Kantor will welcome guests to a short program at 4:30 p.m. Dean of ECC Mike Ward will introduce Blitz Build partners. City of Chico Mayor Ann Schwab, CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development James Pushnik and Catalyst Executive Director Anastacia Snyder will also address the guests.

LEED is an internationally recognized certification for buildings of all types that display an exceptional level of commitment to environmental design and building practices. LEED Gold certification is one of the highest levels of achievement that a building can reach.