The Green Building group worked this year on reviewing UNCG’s Design & Construction guidelines. Using the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating system as a frame of reference, they identified opportunities to strengthen green building efforts throughout campus. Although UNCG has no LEED-certified buildings, two members of the Facilities Design & Construction team are now LEED accredited and will be able to help steer future projects in a more sustainable direction.
UNCG already incorporates some green building strategies in new construction and renovation projects. These strategies include: occupancy sensors, construction waste management plans, VAV HVAC systems, compact fluorescent & LED lighting, a high efficiency chilled water plant, material re-use, land preservation & restoration, and low-flow shower heads & toilets. Additionally, UNCG is the first state university to enter a long-term, performance-based contract aimed at energy conservation. This project will incorporate numerous energy-saving renovations and upgrades to campus buildings over the next 12 years. Sustainable development has been incorporated as key component in the recently updated University Master Plan and continues to be a guiding principle in design and construction on campus.
Green Building Recommendations
- Increase awareness of current green building efforts on campus
- Incorporate specific LEED-based strategies into Design & Construction guidelines
- Proposed recommendations for all future capital projects at UNCG are as follows:
- Sustainable Sites
- Prepare erosion & sediment control plans.
- Conserve open spaces similar to Peabody Park.
- Encourage use of bicycles & other modes of transit to reduce developed areas for automobiles.
- Water Efficiency
- Use drip irrigation whenever possible to reduce use of potable water for irrigation.
- Promote use of indigenous landscaping to reduce dependence on irrigation.
- Reduce water consumption in buildings.
- Energy & Atmosphere
- Incorporate building commissioning on large capital construction projects.
- Use low-impact refrigerants in HVAC equipment to reduce ozone consumption.
- Encourage more measurement & verification to help manage and reduce energy consumption.
- Materials & Resources
- Continue construction waste management programs.
- Encourage building reuse to maximum extent possible.
- Use regional material to maximum extent possible.
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Meet minimum indoor air quality standards.
- Prohibit smoking in all campus buildings.
- Incorporate products with low VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), whenever possible.
- Innovative Design
- A LEED Accredited Professional should review large capital projects.
- More information: http://www.uncg.edu/fpl/#