Energy Awareness

Energy Awareness

Sustainable Building Certifications

The Energy Independence and Sustainable Construction Act of 2007 (48-52-800 SC Code of Laws) was intended to “promote effective energy and environmental standards for construction, rehabilitation, and maintenance of state-owned buildings...”. State agencies establishing Permanent Improvement Projects after June 2007 that meet certain size requirements are required to weigh the life-cycle benefits of constructing to the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) or the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes certification standards.

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LEED Certifications

The LEED® green building certification program is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings. It contains prerequisites and credits in five categories: sustainable site planning, improving energy efficiency, conserving materials and resources, embracing indoor environmental quality, and safeguarding water.

The University has a number of projects that meet varying degrees of LEED certification. Below are brief descriptions of each, along with links to more in-depth information regarding specific projects.

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Green Globes is a sustainable building certification for new and existing facilities. It evaluates a project’s construction drawings, specifications, energy modeling, life cycle analysis, meeting records, storm-water management, landscaping, and commissioning, for green construction practices and assigns an appropriate rating.