Sustainable Buildings Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology

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Sustainable Buildings Policy, Georgia

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Type: Policy

Status: Adopted in 2007

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Georgia Tech has one of the most advanced and forward-thinking documents in the college and university arena for environmental stewardship, sustainable design and energy management.

In 2007, Georgia Tech made an explicit policy that all new buildings and renovations will meet or exceed LEED Silver Design Standards.

The “Yellow Book” provides guidance to design and construction professionals who provide these services for Georgia Tech. LEED Silver has been our design standard since 2002.

In order to be a LEED building, renovation or retorfit, several requirements for sustainable design, construction, and operation must be met or exceeded.. Beyond that, the project must meet several point-earning credits selected from six categories—sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process.

Georgia Tech also has or is finalizing:

  • A Landscape Master Plan
  • Irrigation Master Plan (Cisterns and Condensate Strategy Included)
  • Updating the Parking and Transportation Master Plan

As of July 2008:

  • Georgia Tech has 2 LEED certified buildings, with many more buildings built to LEED Silver Standards or renovated to LEED Silver Standards.
  • Many buildings built prior to 2003 have been retrofitted to make them more sustainable.
  • Overall, Georgia Tech has over 3,500,00sf of sustainable buildings.
  • Six projects are currently LEED registered and targeting LEED Silver or Gold.