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March 16, 2023

Rosling Center is LEED Platinum, the highest standard in sustainable building practices

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The Hans Rosling Center for Population Health has been certified LEED Platinum. Many features, including shading fins shown here, help make the building energy efficient and promote better health.University of Washington

The Hans Rosling Center for Population Health at the University of Washington has achieved LEED Platinum Certification, the highest possible rating, reflecting the university’s commitment to sustainable building practices.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a widely used green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Rosling Center is the first building in Washington state to achieve LEED Platinum using the most current criteria, version 4 and version 4.1. The UW’s other LEED Platinum building, the Russell T. Joy building at UW Tacoma, was one of 10 buildings in Washington certified Platinum under version 2.2.

Buildings earn points to achieve LEED certification levels by demonstrating energy savings, reduced water needs, clean indoor air and other measurements. Standout features of the Rosling Center include rainwater collection to flush toilets, shading fins on the east and west façades, improved accessibility throughout the site and design elements that promote human health. The building earned the most points available in LEED in the energy efficiency category.

“Achieving LEED Platinum in the Rosling Center demonstrates the UW’s commitment to implementing sustainability best practices,” said Lou Cariello, the UW’s vice president for facilities. “This building was designed to exceed state and local requirements, leading by example. It also shows how sustainable design can create a better experience for the people who use the building.”

The Rosling Center, which debuted as LEED Gold and won a number of industry trade awards, was made possible by a $210 million gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and $15 million in earmarked funding from the Washington Legislature, as well as funding from the university. The center is home to the Department of Global Health, the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation (IHME), parts of the School of Public Health and the offices of the Population Health Initiative.