Combined Heat & Power Plant Office

LEED Certified Gold


Big rock discovered during building with "Central Energy Plant" engraved on it.
The sign above was created using a large boulder, which was discovered when excavating soils during the building construction.

Cornell’s Combined Heat and Power Building has been awarded a LEED® Gold Rating by the US Green Building Council. In addition to delivering energy efficiently and sustainably throughout campus via USEPA award winning combined heat and power generation, the CHP Office Building utilizes solar panels installed on the office roof.

Total Score: 44 out of 69 possible points.

LEED Certification Review Report Combined Heat & Power Plant Office (pdf)


How is Green Measured?

Sustainable Sites
Water Efficiency
Energy / Atmosphere
Materials / Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality
Innovation & Design
Accredited Professional
Possible Points
14 5 17 13 15 4 1
Earned Points
7 4 16 4 8 4 1

Project Highlights

Full view of the Combined Heat and Power plant and its smokestacks.
Combined heat and power, also known as 'cogeneration', uses the remaining fuel wasted in producing electricity to heat buildings on campus in addition to powering them. 

The Combined Heat and Power Office Building utilizes solar thermal renewable energy systems which are installed on the office roof. More information on the USEPA award winning combined heat and power generation project at Cornell University.  The office building foundation has large thermal storage capacity which greatly improves the energy performance of the building.


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