Any business that wants to work in a LEED-approved building should know the difference between certification levels. The second-highest rank, gold status, requires between 60 and 79 points, and helps display the project's commitment to green building principles, According to a statement from the University of California Davis, a new large lecture hall fits the gold requirements and the groundbreaking ceremony was scheduled for this month.

The press release stated that the new building is part of a plan to pursue higher excellence and raise new resources over the next four years. By this time, the statement said, The undergraduate population is expected to grow by around 5,006 from the figures in the 2011 academic year.

The hall takes up 16,365 square feet of space and will reportedly have a zero rate of net energy use. There will be trees in the outdoor plaza, solar thermal panel support and natural light. At the same time, the building will come with technological advancements, including outlets at each desk for laptop use and a touchscreen-controlled projection screen for professors, as the Sacramento Business Journal described.

This building is expected to open two years before the 2020 benchmark and will accept 600 students. Senior Project Manager Debra Smith told the source that the classroom seating layout will resemble that of lecture halls with smaller student populations.

As anyone who reads this blog will know, the highest level of certification, LEED Platinum, requires 80 or more points. The lowest is simply known as the "certified" standard and includes between 40 and 49 points.

Finding environmental office solutions may help your business set a better standard for green materials use. Start soon by looking for furniture made to match materials reuse requirements.