The Student Health Center has achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification. We are proud to be the first LEED Gold building on NC State’s Campus. In addition, we are the first east coast Student Health Center, and the second nationally, to receive this honor. The first LEED Gold certified Health Center was Cowell Student Health Center in Santa Cruz CA.
With items such as motion sensors for lights and water, collection pools for rain water in our parking lot, water conserving restrooms, large/shaded windows to allow natural sunlight through which decrease the electricity usage, and a “public” shower for employees wishing to ride a bike or walk to work, we have been certified LEED Gold!
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) consists of a suite of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. Developed bythe U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is intended to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
In LEED, there are 100 possible base points distributed across five major creditcategories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere,Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, plus an additional 6 points for Innovation in design and an additional 4 points for Regional Priority. Buildings can qualify for four levels of certification:
- Certified: 40–49 points
- Silver: 50–59 points
- Gold: 60–79 points
- Platinum: 80 points and above
Source: U.S. Green Building Council