Brian Dunbar, director of the Institute for the Built Environment at Colorado State University and a construction management professor, was presented with the Energy Champion Award Sept. 15 at the governor’s office for his leadership in the Guggenheim Hall green classrooms remodeling project.
The Colorado Governor’s Office of Energy Management and Conservation presented Energy Champion awards to individuals and organizations that have pioneered innovative and effective ways to make energy saving improvements to public facilities in Colorado. The university and the Department of Construction Management were recognized in addition to Dunbar for their support of the Guggenheim project.
"These statewide energy champions demonstrate how projects can bring lower energy usage and costs, so that savings can be focused on priorities," said Drew Bolin, director of the Office of Energy Management.
Twenty-five organizations and individuals were recognized in the ceremony, and winning projects represented exemplary achievements in the design of new buildings or upgrading of existing buildings.
This fall, Guggenheim Hall will be awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design commercial interiors silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is a national rating program that recognizes buildings that achieve a high level of energy and environmentally suitable practices. Projects that remodel a building’s interior are classified as commercial interior. Colorado State will be the first university in the nation to be recognized as LEED-CI.