GE Aviation EPISCenter earns LEED certification

The GE Aviation electrical power research and design center near the University of Dayton’s main campus has been honored by the U.S. Green Building Council, company officials announced.

The GE Aviation Electrical Power Integrated Systems Center received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification from the council.

Officials said LEED certification provides independent verification a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, material selection and indoor environmental quality.

The EPISCenter is UD’s first LEED-certified building, officials said.

The $53 million EPISCenter that opened in December allows commercial and government researchers to simulate and test complete electrical power systems in airplanes.

The 138,000-square-foot facility currently employs 70 researchers, and up to 200 researchers could be working there in the next five years, depending on future programs, officials said.

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