Sustainable Design (LEED)
What is Sustainable Design?
The intention of sustainable design is to "reduce negative impacts on the environment, and the health and comfort of building occupants, thereby improving building performance. The basic objectives of sustainability are to reduce consumptio of non-renewable resources, minimize waste, and create healthy, productive environments."
Principles of Sustainable Design
- Low-impact materials: choose non-toxic, sustainability produced or recycled materials which require little energy to process.
- Energy efficiency: use manufacturing processes and produce products which require less energy
- Quality and durability: longer-lasting and better-functioning products will have to be replaced less frequently, reducing the impacts of producing replacements.
- Design for reuse and recycling: "Products, processes, and systems should be designed for performance in a commercial 'afterlife'."
LEED Certified Building on Campus
What is LEED?
The LEED green building certification program encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance.
- Public Safety Building completed March 2011 received LEED Gold Certification.
- Social and Behavioral Sciences Building completed May 2011 received LEED Silver Certification.
- University Student Union completed January 2014 received LEED Gold Certification.
- Student Health and Counseling completed October 2014 is projected to receive LEED Gold.
- All new campus buildings and major renovations are require to meet or exceed the minimum requirements equivalent to LEED Silver.
For more information about these building and other buildings on campus please visit our Planning Design & Construction webpage.
For more information about LEED Building or Sustainable Design.