University of Dallas Wins LEED Silver Certification

  • May 20, 2016

One of the University of Dallas’ newest facilities, the Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business, has been awarded LEED Silver status by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a building certification program sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.

The LEED program offers four levels of certification: certified, silver, gold and platinum. Projects are judged on a point system that measures such things as energy savings, water efficiency, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources.

“We are proud that this building will have a positive effect on the environment right from the start,” said Norma Lehman, The Beck Group’s Director of Sustainability. “Building a sustainable facility was a priority for all team members involved from the outset. Through our partnership we were able to ensure that the University of Dallas’ investment is a model for other campuses.”

These sustainable features were key to earning LEED Silver certification:

  • 40 percent reduced indoor water usage
  • 24 percent use of recycled materials
  • 44 percent use of regional materials
  • 15 percent cost savings from energy reduction strategies
  • 70 percent of electricity use off-set with Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)