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Rio Rancho Campus Gold Standard for Green Design

The CNM Rio Rancho Campus building recently became the largest higher education building in the state to earn the Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council and its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. The LEED rating system is considered the national benchmark rating system for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

Aug 31, 2016

June 2011

Rio Rancho Campus
The CNM Rio Rancho Campus building recently became the largest higher education building in the state to earn the Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council and its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. The LEED rating system is considered the national benchmark rating system for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

The 62,000-square foot building opened for classes in August 2010 in the Rio Rancho City Center. Geothermal wells under the building provide the majority of the energy for the heating and cooling systems. The groundwater that is drawn from 300-foot depths consistently stays at a temperature of 68 degrees, helping to cool the building in the summer and heat it in the winter. There is also abundant natural lighting in the building. Natural daylight provides 75 percent of the building with effective lighting during daytime hours, also contributing to energy savings. These measures and others have reduced energy consumption by 48.2 percent compared with a standard building.

Low-flow water systems have reduced water consumption by 49 percent compared with a standard building.

"CNM has made a strong commitment to reduce our environmental impact across all of our campuses and strive for LEED certifications," CNM President Katharine Winograd said. "As a relatively new neighbor in Rio Rancho, CNM is thrilled that our first building in Rio Rancho is a facility that our Rio Rancho students and the entire Rio Rancho community can be very proud of."

The project also received LEED points for a variety of other features. Twenty-four percent of the building's materials were manufactured using recycled material. The project also received points for using regional materials that were manufactured within 500 miles of the site, which reduces energy consumption and other environmental impacts resulting from long-distance transportation of materials to the site. The paints, adhesives and sealants in the building contain low to no chemical emissions. Water-efficient landscaping, unobstructed outdoor views from the building's interior and a comprehensive waste management program that diverted 90 percent of the construction waste from landfills also earned LEED points.

During the recently concluded spring term, 1,347 students attended classes at the CNM Rio Rancho Campus.