U-M Makes Serious Commitment to Going Green.

17 Jun 2010

Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Photo Credit: Jeffrey Smith/JSmith Photo

Last week the University of Michigan announced that it has adopted LEED Silver certification as its standard for all major new construction projects.  The new policy builds upon U-M’s existing commitment to the ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007+30 standard it adopted in 2009, requiring major projects be 30 percent more energy efficient than the nationally recognized standard set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers.

U-M buildings that have already achieved LEED certification include the Gold LEED Dana Building, home of the School of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Silver LEED Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Two projects under construction, the Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospitals Replacement Project and a new Law School academic building are on track for LEED certification.

According to the USGBC, approximately 290 colleges and universities have made a commitment to a minimum LEED Silver standard or equivalent for new campus construction projects.  With so many institutes of higher learning putting an emphasis on sustainability, competition to be among the greenest is certain to increase. Kudos to U-M for keeping pace.

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