Planning Design & Construction is committed to the sustainability of the campus through the development of buildings utilizing the most energy efficient systems and sustainable materials. PDC embraces the practices of the California State University Energy and Sustainability Guidelines and The U.S. Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design). LEED Silver has become a standard for most Universities, but here at CSUSM, we have striven to make LEED Gold our standard for all new building.
Planning Design & Construction starts every project with sustainability in mind, and as part of the architect and contractor selection process, success in delivering LEED Silver or better projects is a requirement. To monitor and assist in the delivery of sustainable projects, PDC project managers are LEED certified.
While most projects are more different than they are similar, PDC has identified many sustainable design features for our Campus buildings in the following LEED categories.
- SUSTAINABLE SITES
- Master planned density and community connectivity
- Alternative Transportation
- Sprinter Rail Station
- Bike lockers and changing rooms
- Low emitting & fuel efficient parking spaces
- Reduced parking
- Storm water quality and quantity design
- Reduced heat island effect for roofs and walking surfaces
- Reduced light pollution
- WATER EFFICIENCY
- Reduced water use inside buildings and xeriscape landscaping
- ENERGY & ATMOSPHERE
- Optimized Energy Performance – minimum 26% better than California State Title 24 mandate
- MATERIALS AND RESOURCES
- Recycled Construction Waste – 75% minimum
- Building Materials with Recycled Content
- INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
- Indoor Air Quality Monitoring Systems
- Low Emitting Materials
- No VOC paint
- Fully Automated Building controls for heating, cooling and lighting.