The U.S. Green Building Council created the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, construction sustainability rating system in 1990. LEED is based on a holistic design approach that integrates energy efficiency, the environment, and the design/construction processes. LEED offers points that encourage an exceptional work place environment for end users as well as creating a sustainable and energy efficient building. Based upon the earned number of credits, or points, buildings receive one of the following rankings:
LEED Silver is the Butler standard for new construction and major renovations, but Gold or higher is strived for whenever possible. Even small renovation projects on campus incorporate the LEED sustainability concepts.
Hinkle Fieldhouse is currently pursuing LEED certificaiton. Tours are available upon request through Butler Athletics.
The Athletic Annex is currently pursuing LEED certificaiton. Click here for more information on the sustainability aspects of this facility. Tours are available upon request through Butler Athletics.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Opened in 2013 with LEED Gold Certification, the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts is Butler's Second LEED Gold Certified building.
The facility uses 55 percent less water and 22 percent less energy (saving the University an estimated $19,000 per year based on 2013 energy costs) than a typical building its size because of construction measures that include:
- A white roof that reflects heat rather than absorbs it.
- Dual-pane insulated window assemblies featuring a thermal break.
- Energy-efficient light fixtures.
- Motion and occupancy sensors.
- Low-flow restroom fixtures.
- A rain garden that captures and filters storm water runoff.
- Pervious asphalt that further reduces storm water runoff.
- Green power credits were purchased for 100 percent of the projected electricity consumption for two years.
- 78 percent of the construction waste was recycled and thus diverted from landfills.
- 75 percent of the materials used for construction were extracted and manufactured from within 500 miles of the project site including limestone on the building exterior.
- This facility will be cleaned using green cleaning products.
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Addition
Opened in 2009 with LEED Gold Certification, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences addition was Butler's first LEED certified building. This project incorporated:
- Bicycle racks were installed to encourage occupants to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by riding bicycles rather than driving vehicles
- Dual flush toilets which allow the occupant to select a lower water flow option when a full flush is not needed
- Low-flow urinals, sinks and showers to conserve an estimate of almost 300,000 gallons/year. That's enough water to fill up the HRC lap pool over two and a half times!
- Energy efficient equipment helps make the building 30% more energy efficient than a standard building of its type and size
- Building is constructed of more than 30% recycled content
- 40% of the building materials were extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of Butler's campus
- All adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings and carpet systems contain low-levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
- Improved the indoor environment by:
- Providing over 90% of regularly occupied rooms with access to windows
- Providing over 90% of occupants with individual lighting controls
- Providing over 50% of offices with a thermostat to control their individual environment
- Using Green cleaning products to maintain the appearance of the building