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In an effort to meet goals laid out in its Bicentennial Strategic Plan, Indiana University Bloomington campus has added three new buildings that have earned LEED Gold, bringing the campus total to nine.
The School of Public and Environmental Affairs addition, Ray E. Cramer Marching Hundred Hall and Hodge Hall all received gold certification in late 2018 or early 2019, reaffirming the university's commitment to ensuring all new construction receives a minimum LEED Gold certification or higher, according to the university.
"Our three most recent LEED Gold certifications exemplify our commitment to constructing facilities that support and enhance our beautiful campus while seeking efficiencies in function, energy and water consumption, and use of recycled and other eco-friendly building materials," says Thomas Morrison, vice president for capital planning and facilities.
LEED's point-based rating system evaluates buildings for their performance in seven categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation, and regional priority credits. Contributing solutions like public transportation access, use of open spaces, water use reduction, efficient mechanical systems, installation of LED lighting, diversion of construction waste from landfills and recycling programs earn LEED certification points
Ryan Berlin is managing editor of Facility Maintenance Decisions.