U California Davis Opens Net Zero Winery
The one-story, 8,500 square-foot building will eventually house equipment and systems for capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide from wine fermentation, and for filtering and recirculating water for wine, beer and food processing. Made possible by a $3 million pledge from the late Jess Jackson and his wife, Barbara Banke, of Jackson Family Wines, the winery is expected to be certified Net Zero Energy under the Living Building Challenge.
U Iowa College of Public Health Earns LEED Platinum
Sustainability features include reflective roofing, natural lighting, storm drainage that uses vegetation and landscaping rather than curbs and gutters, low maintenance and zero irrigation landscape design, waste reduction and recycling practices, occupancy sensors in offices and other common areas to provide lighting as needed, proximity to public transportation routes, and water use reduction through low-flow plumbing.
UC Davis Earns 5th LEED Platinum Certification
The university's new Student Community Center features low-flow water fixtures, hydration stations, high-efficiency lighting, a lawn-less landscape of drought-tolerant plants and permeable paving, and computers powered partly by solar energy. During construction, students from the campus Waste Reduction and Recycling program developed a job-site composting program, and builders also donated scrap materials to the university’s student-run Aggie ReUse Store.
U Utah Residence Hall Receives LEED Gold
The residence hall's high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, heat recovery system, occupancy sensors, and natural day lighting and ventilation have exceeded minimum efficiency standards by more than 30 percent with $55,000 in annual energy savings.
McGill U Launches Green Building Analysis Tool
The Material Analysis Tool, available to the public, is designed to help university staff and contractors select more environmentally friendly materials for new construction and renovation projects. The online ranking system considers manufacturer certification, durability, health impacts, rapidly renewable content, recycled content, recyclability and region of manufacture and extraction.
Loyola Chicago Nursing School Earns LEED Gold
The building features radiant heating and cooling systems, natural ventilation and high-efficiency glazing. Ninety-percent of the building needs no artificial light during the day.
Texas State U San Marcos Housing Complex Earns LEED Gold
The first LEED Gold certification for the Texas State University System was awarded for features including light occupancy sensors and a 40,000-gallon tank that collects condensation from the air-conditioning system and rain run-off to irrigate the three acres of native landscaping surrounding the complex. More than 30 percent of the building materials contain recycled content and more than 35 percent are from regional sources.
College of Saint Benedict Townhomes Earn LEED Platinum
The university is celebrating its first LEED certification with Centennial Commons, a 125-person student housing development. The complex includes high-efficiency windows and furnaces, natural daylight harvesting, on-demand water heaters, low-flow plumbing and exterior LED light fixtures. The university's Residential Life, Facilities and Office of Sustainability have partnered to develop an education program for residents that includes water, gas and electricity usage reports for each apartment.
U Hong Kong Centennial Campus Earns LEED Platinum
(China): Sustainable features include the careful positioning of buildings to capture natural light, breezes and storm water; solar panels and wind turbines for electricity generation and demonstration purposes; green roofs and sky gardens; and greywater and stormwater treatment.
U Iowa Renovation of Stuit Hall Earns LEED Gold
The building incorporates passive solar design, a rain garden to capture storm water from the roof, occupancy sensors to control electric lights, new insulation and windows, low-VOC and formaldehyde-free products, energy-efficient mechanicals, and recycling storage and collection centers on every floor.
Rochester IT Debuts Green Education and Research Hub
The institute has opened its new Sustainability Institute Hall, a living lab that represents RIT’s commitment to the environment. The 84,000-square-foot facility was designed to exceed LEED Platinum standards and features solar panels, vertical wind turbines, and specialized research areas that include the Staples Sustainable Innovation Lab, Eco-IT test bed and a fuel cell test bed.
U Buffalo Davis Hall Achieves LEED Gold
Among the hall’s eco-friendly features are an outdoor plaza that includes water-efficient landscaping and methods to capture stormwater, a small green roof, bicycle racks, the use of recycled building materials, and energy-efficient heating, cooling and ventilation systems.
U Oregon Sports Arena Earns LEED Gold
The 400,000-square-foot Matthew Knight Arena features bike-friendly enhancements, recycled and regional building materials, and water efficiency measures that include a 50 percent reduction in water used for landscaping and a 30 percent reduction in building water use.
U Calgary EEEL Building Achieves LEED Platinum
The Energy. Environment. Experiential. Learning (EEEL) building uses 78 percent less energy than a conventional laboratory building. It features vertical green sunshades that move throughout the day to reduce glare and solar heat gain, concrete “Earth Tubes” that run air underground to the main lecture theatre to regulate temperature, and captured rain water mixed with recycled process water for graywater use.
Vanderbilt U Commons Center Earns LEED Gold
The Commons Center is the thirteenth certified project on campus and features locally sourced and manufactured building materials and low-flow plumbing fixtures. Additionally, an innovative green housekeeping was implemented and low-vapor emitting materials were used during construction.
U Iowa Dental Science Building Addition Earns LEED Gold
The 33,754-square-foot addition features collection and storage areas for recyclable materials, energy cost savings of 41 percent above standard building codes, and wood-based materials harvested from Forest Stewardship Council certified forests.
U La Verne Residence Hall Achieves First LEED Gold
Vista La Verne, a campus residence hall, has earned the university’s first LEED Gold certification. Sustainable features include a reflective roof, low-flow plumbing, preferred parking for energy efficient vehicles and a covered bike shelter.
Duke U Adds 2 New LEED Certifications
The Duke Cancer Center and Chilled Water Plant #2 have been awarded LEED Gold certification. Along with bike racks and showers for bicycle commuters, the Cancer Center also features a rooftop garden, large windows to allow for natural lighting and occupancy sensors. The chiller plant is able to capture water condensate on the roof and store it for for the building's cooling towers.
Rochester IT Debuts Living Wall, Fuel Cell Power Unit
The institute has installed a green wall and a fuel-cell power unit at the new building for Goslisano Institute for Sustainability. The green wall spans 8 feet wide and 38 feet tall, containing 1,776 green plants that contribute to air quality as well as aesthetics. The fuel cell will produce 400 kilowatts of continuous electric power and will serve as the building’s primary energy source.
Colgate U Fitness Center Awarded LEED Gold
The university’s Trudy Fitness Center features passive solar design, a reflective white roof, and landscaping that does not require an irrigation system. Twenty percent of construction materials were locally sourced and 89 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills.
Wesleyan U Renovation Achieves LEED Platinum
(U.S.): The renovation of the multi-purpose academic building features a 2,500 square foot green roof, low-flow plumbing, triple glazing on windows, and over 52 percent of the total wood-based building materials that were harvested from FSC-certified forests.
Elon U Francis Center Earns LEED Silver
The renovations of the Gerald L. Francis Center incorporated 95 percent of existing structural elements, included the use of sustainably harvested wood, and resulted in a 96 percent diversion rate for construction waste. The center is the tenth LEED-certified building on campus.
Elon U Residence Building Achieves LEED Silver
The Depot building’s sustainable features include low-flow plumbing, drip irrigation, efficient lighting, a green cleaning program, and a comprehensive approach to stormwater management. The university also purchased renewable energy credits equal to 70 percent of the electric use for two years.
U California Santa Cruz Biomedical Building Earns LEED Gold
Sustainable features at the Biomedical Sciences Facility include daylighting, active chilled beams in the laboratories, reduced air change rates, and low-pressure-drop design of air handling systems. In addition, building information modeling was used throughout design and construction.
2 U Wisconsin La Crosse Buildings Earn LEED Gold
The university’s new residence hall and academic building have both received LEED Gold certification. Centennial Hall features a student-funded solar water heater. Both buildings’ sustainable features include rain gardens, passive solar design, white rooftops to reduce the heat island effect, and ample bicycle parking.
U South Carolina Buildings Awarded Green Globes
Following significant renovations, the Harper and Elliott residence halls have earned two Green Globes. The Green Globes system is a building environmental design and management tool. The buildings’ sustainable features include the use of recycled materials, environmentally friendly amenities, and reduced energy and water consumption.
Harvard U Library Renovation Includes Living Walls
(U.S.): The Harvard Graduate School of Education’s (HGSE) Gutman Library recently underwent a first-floor renovation that included the installation of four “living walls,” ceiling-to-floor panels that are covered entirely with foliage.
Rice U's Baker College Achieves LEED Silver
(U.S.): The renovation of Baker College has earned the university its tenth LEED certification. Sustainable features include windows that are double-paned with low-e glass, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, and occupancy sensor lights. Almost 90 percent of all construction and demolition waste was recycled.
U Wyoming Bim Kendall House Earns LEED Gold
(U.S.): The House, home of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, features solar panels, renewable building and finishing materials, recycling collection, and a green cleaning program. Students participated in the building’s design. The Haub School offers in-person and online tours to teach visitors how the building reduces resource consumption.
Bradley U Alumni Center Awarded LEED Silver
The Hayden-Clark Alumni Center has achieved LEED Silver through a variety of sustainable initiatives including minimizing energy use and reducing water consumption by more than 30 percent. Regional and recycled materials were also used in construction.
Mesa College San Diego Buildings Receive LEED Certification
The 85,000-square-foot Student Services Center has achieved LEED Gold certification and uses 40 percent less water inside and 50 percent less outside. The Continuing Education Campus has earned LEED Silver and is expected to reduce total building energy use by 43 percent.
Montana State U Laboratory Earns LEED Gold
The Cooley Laboratory’s sustainable features include water-efficient systems, the reuse of the existing building, passive solar design, recycled and sustainable construction materials, and the diversion of more than 1 million pounds of construction waste from the landfill.
U Connecticut Laurel Hall Achieves LEED Gold
The classroom building achieved the highest LEED certification so far at the university. Laurel Hall was designed to include features such as energy-saving window glazing, low-flow valves and faucets, high-performance insulation, and use of rapidly renewable materials such as bamboo and recycled copper. Additional sustainable features include drought-resistant and adaptable plantings, water-efficient bathroom fixtures, and a green roof.
Niagara College Center Earns CarbonZero Status
The college’s Wine Visitor + Education Center has earned CarbonZero Certified status. This achievement means the carbon emissions resulting from the operations of the educational facility have been quantified, audited and offset. The carbonZero program was established in 2001 by Landcare Research New Zealand Limited, to provide robust tools for individuals, organizations and events to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions or carbon footprint with the highest level of credibility and integrity.
U Connecticut's Laurel Hall Receives LEED Gold
The university’s social science and humanities classroom building features a green roof, energy-saving window glazing, low-flow valves and faucets, high-performance insulation, and use of rapidly renewable materials such as bamboo, recycled copper, and other sustainable materials.