Green (LEED) Buildings
All new building or major renovation projects at UW-L will be designed and built to be at least 30% more energy efficient than commercial code. In addition, such projects will be designed to be able to achieve LEED certification. Through LEED-certified building practices, UW-La Crosse strives to diminish its environmental footprint as much as possible. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the international standard for environmentally-conscious building design, construction, and operation.
According to the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED certification focuses on improving performance in areas that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. In the end, the LEED certification process provides a detailed review of design, construction and operational parameters associated with a specific building or renovation project. The LEED process involves a team approach with inputs made by numerous UW-L and State stakeholders. Each project pursuing LEED certification hires a LEED consultant to coordinate this time-intense, but worthy process.
UW-L is currently pursuing LEED certification on two facilities, slated for completion in the summer of 2011. For additional information and LEED details on the new academic building “Centennial Hall” or the new residence hall see details at the UW-L Campus Planning and Construction homepage. On a case-by-case basis, UW-L will determine if non-taxpayer funds are available to acquire LEED certification.