What is LEED?
LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. From individual buildings and homes, to entire neighborhoods and communities, LEED is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated. Comprehensive and flexible, LEED addresses the entire lifecycle of a building.
Participation in the voluntary LEED process demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. LEED provides building owners and operators the tools they need to immediately impact their building's performance and bottom line, while providing healthy indoor spaces for a building's occupants.
LEED projects have been successfully established in 135 countries. International projects, those outside the United States, make up more than 50% of the total LEED registered square footage. LEED unites us in a single global community and provides regional solutions, while recognizing local realities.
LEED-certified buildings are designed to:
Lower operating costs and increase asset value
Reduce waste sent to landfills
Conserve energy and water
Be healthier and safer for occupants
Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions
Qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in hundreds of cities
1. Croatan ( dining hall)
Croatan Dining Hall has been awarded LEED Silver Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
2. Ross Hall (School of Dental Medicine)
LEED Certification application to be submitted upon completion of Building Commissioning which is currently under way. LEED Silver is goal.
3. Minges Auxiliary Gym
Designed to be LEED Silver. Construction is underway with occupancy expected in August 2013. Certification application to follow.
4. Coastal Studies Institute
Designed to be LEED Silver, but may qualify for LEED Gold. Building Occupancy occured December 2012. Certification application to follow.
5. Belk Residence Hall Demolition and Replacement
Designed to be LEED Silver. Design is under way. Occupancy expected in July 2015. Certification application to follow.
6. Main Campus Student Union and Parking Garage: Designer selection completed. Design to begin in June, 2013 following contract negotiations. To be designed to LEED Silver.
7. Health Science Campus Student Services Building: Designer selection completed. Design to being in June, 2013 following contract negotiations. To be designed to LEED Silver.
That is great progress! For more information on LEED go to: https://new.usgbc.org/leed