UCF receives five LEED® Campus credits

The University of Central Florida has received five Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Campus credits under the LEED v4 Building Design and Construction rating system. Campus credits document compliance for a campus master site. Contrary to the traditional project by project certification, this approach allows these credits to be awarded automatically to all future LEED projects registered within UCF campus boundary. The Campus credits awarded include:

  • Sustainable Sites: Open space - 1 credit
    UCF’s large amount of conservation land (UCF Arboretum) and the Recreation and Wellness (RWC) Park provides 32% of open space with 87% of that space being vegetated within the campus area.
  • Water Efficiency: Outdoor water use reduction - 2 credits
    UCF’s landscaping and irrigation systems reduces potable water consumption for irrigation by 100%. Approximately 175 acres of land are irrigated using reclaimed water.
  • Water Efficiency: Cooling tower water use - 1 credit
    UCF’s three (3) on-site chilled water plants provide real-time metering data for its cooling towers that continuously monitor the make-up and blow-down water used.
  • Materials & Resources: Storage and collection of recyclables - prerequisite
    UCF offers recycling for paper, cardboard, plastics (#1-7), metals, pallets, batteries, light bulbs, mercury-containing devices, and electronic waste.
  • Indoor Environmental Quality: Environmental tobacco smoke control - prerequisite
    UCF prohibits smoking inside and outside of buildings via its Smoke-Free Campus policy in order to maintain a healthy and safe environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors.
  • Innovation in Design: Green Housekeeping - 1 credit
    UCF employs a Green Housekeeping policy for both internal staff and external vendors covers sustainable cleaning products purchase, hygiene practice, hazardous chemical storage, and training requirements.

While already mandated through the Green Building Construction and Renovation Requirements, Campus credits give new construction a head start to becoming LEED Certified. Additional Campus credits will be attempted in the future, ultimately demonstrating our commitment to reducing the impact of buildings on the environment and human health.

For more information on LEED or USGBC, visit http://www.usgbc.org.