CU-Boulder’s campus LEED certified buildings, updated 7/13:
LEED building certification scorecards- view each building's total score and individual credit amounts.
Green building practices offer an opportunity to create environmentally sound and resource-efficient buildings by using an integrated approach to design. Green buildings promote resource conservation, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation; consider environmental impacts and waste minimization; create a healthy and comfortable environment; and reduce operation and maintenance costs.
Green building involves consideration in four main areas: site development, material selection and minimization, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality.
Why Build Green?
The design, construction, and maintenance of buildings have a tremendous impact on our environment and our natural resources. The building sector alone consumes two-thirds of electricity produced in the U.S., and is a significant contributor to air pollution and the pollutants that case climate change. The challenge then becomes to build smart so that buildings use a minimum of nonrenewable energy, produce minimal pollution, and use a minimum of dollars, while increasing the comfort, health, and safety of the people who work in them. Since building design has a strong impact on student learning, occupant health and occupant productivity, green building is important to incorporate at CU.
Is Green Building Cost-Effective?
Green building practices do not necessarily increase initial costs, but the certainly lower costs over the lifespan of a building. Over $42 billion annually is wasted in U.S. buildings due to energy consumption that could be avoided. When energy savings over time, increased durability, and enhanced occupant productivity is factored in, green design features and materials become easier to justify. While green technologies are usually less costly and easier to incorporate into the original designs of a building, there are many cost-effective strategies for retrofitting existing buildings. Several successful examples of green buildings have been built proving that sustainable design is cost-effective and a great environment example. Many of these designs have received awards and national recognition.
How can we build green at CU?
Current CU Master Plan goals:
CU buildings can achieve a "Green Score" under the LEEDTM system. The LEED Green Building Rating System TM, a program of the US Green Building Council, is a self-assessing system designed for rating new and existing commercial, institutional, and residential buildings. It evaluates environmental performance from a "whole building" perspective over a building's life cycle and provides a definitive standard for what constitutes a "green building." Credits are earned for satisfying various criteria and different levels of green building certification are awarded based on the total credits earned. The voluntary system is designed to be comprehensive in scope, yet simple in operation.
United States Green Building Council