September 12, 2017

The ISU Research Park today announced that the Economic Development Core Facility has been awarded LEED® Gold certification.

The 42,000 square-foot facility achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance and green buildings. A building can achieve LEED certification under the LEED for buildings program after undergoing a technically rigorous process, including the incorporation of green strategies to achieve efficiency and healthy indoor environments. The sound design and operation of the building is tested and measured using tools like a home energy (HERS) rating and onsite inspections.

“We try to adhere to sustainable building processes in all our construction. The Economic Development Core Facility represented a unique opportunity to showcase that standard in one of our more visible facilities through the LEED certification process. It is a rigorous process and we are very proud to have achieved the Gold certification,” said Steve Carter, President of the ISU Research Park. “Increasingly, our tenants are conscious of their global footprint and sustainable practices and they want purposely built facilities that reflect those values. This building is a direct result of that, it was designed to be a hub of activity at the research park in our effort to bring people together.”

Notable green technologies at the facility are 34% of the building materials were manufactured from recycled materials and 83% of the onsite construction waste was diverted away from the landfill during the building development. Inside the building during day to day functions, building occupants can take advantage of the natural resources given to them. Daylight reaches 91% of all regularly occupied space causing less lighting being energy generated and the facility captures rainwater to improve water use efficiencies in the building. The facility exceeded zoning requirements for site open space in a building by 192%.

About LEED:

LEED is a rating system and certification that promotes the design and construction of high performance green buildings. Administered by USGBC, LEED certification offers a holistic approach to sustainability and emphasizes strategies for better environmental and health performance.


The Iowa State University Research Park is a not-for-profit real estate development community closely affiliated with Iowa State University, established in 1987. ISURP assists both established and start-up companies in connecting with Iowa State’s vast infrastructure to grow their enterprises; whether through students, research entities, equipment, or a multitude of other resources. ISURP is currently home to more than 60 companies employing 1700 people and occupies over half a million square feet of commercial real estate on 400 acres. For more information on the ISURP, call 515-296-4204 or visit