Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
The built environment has a profound impact on our natural environment, economy, health, and productivity. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, in the United States alone, buildings account for:
65% of electricity consumption
36% of energy use
30% of greenhouse gas emissions
30% of raw materials use
30% of waste output (136 million tons annually)
12% of potable water consumption
The University of Iowa incorporates green principles in the placement, design and construction of new campus facilities and major renovation projects, maintaining a minimum standard of LEED Silver certification for new construction and major renovations. So far, the University has eight LEED certified buildings on campus, totalling over 496,386 square feet of sustainable building space. Facilities Management Planning, Design and Construction team also uses the UI’s comprehensive Design Standards & Procedures to ensure energy conservation is designed into new and renovated projects.
LEED Projects at UI (more info)
- Beckwith Boathouse, LEED Gold
- Sports Medicine Clinic, LEED Gold
- State Hygienic Laboratory, LEED Gold
- Stuit Hall Renovation (formerly Old Music Building), LEED Gold
- Information Technology Facility, LEED Platinum
- Dental Science Building Addition, LEED Gold
- College of Public Health Building, LEED Platinum
- Carver-Hawkeye Arena addition/renovation, LEED Gold
Pending LEED Projects at UI (more info)
- Pappajohn Institute for Biomedical Discovery Building (completed, pending LEED certification)
- Art Building Replacement (projected completion 2016)
- Hancher Auditorium replacement (projected completion 2016)
- School of Music replacement (projected completion 2016)
Carver Hawkeye Arena Addition
The Carver Hawkeye Arena addition was completed in 2011 and earned LEED Gold certification in 2013.Water efficient lan...
State Hygienic Laboratory
The Hygienic Laboratory was completed in 2010 and is located on the UI Research Park campus in Coralville. The building ...
Information Technology Facility
The University of Iowa Information Technology Facility (ITF) was completed in 2011, and was the first building on campus...
Institute for Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation
The Institute for Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, completed 2009, is the first healthcare project in ...
The Beckwith Boathouse, completed 2009, is the first LEED certified building on campus. As part of the LEED certificati...
Stuit Hall on East Jefferson Street completed major renovations in 2011 and was certified with LEED Gold status. Built ...
College of Public Health
The College of Public Health Building, completed 2011, was the first academic building on campus to earn the LEED Platin...
Dental Science Building
The Dental Science Building, completed September 2011, incorporates LEED elements in five categories: sustainable sites,...