7,005: Sustainable Building Policy

Last Revised: November 2006

The University will strive to minimize the ecological impact of the demolition, construction, renovation, maintenance and operation of campus buildings. As new buildings are designed, it will be a priority of the university to incorporate Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design-New Construction (LEED-NC™) principles, in accordance with the University of Nevada, Reno Sustainable Building Policy.

The purpose of this is to implement sustainable building concepts on this campus that benefit the environment, yield cost savings to taxpayers of Nevada, and provide a healthy workplace for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Implementing sustainable building concepts for efficient management of energy and water resources, material resources and waste, environmental quality, health and indoor environmental quality, natural systems, building materials and design, construction techniques, and operations and maintenance minimizes impacts to the overall environment.

It shall be the policy of the university to plan, design, construct, manage, renovate, maintain, and decommission its facilities and buildings to be sustainable. This applies to new construction and major remodels in which the total project square footage meets the criteria outlined in the NSHE Sustainable Building Policy (those buildings greater than 20,000 square feet). In new construction, the minimum requirements for achieving the equivalent standard as adopted by the Director of the Office of Energy will be incorporated into the campus design standards. However the university will strive for LEED NC™ Gold rating whenever possible.

To achieve these goals, specific measures and design strategies will be described during the project programming phase. If it is determined that a project cannot meet the requirements of the policy, the reasons must be documented in the project program and presented to the president for review and concurrence prior to the schematic design project phase.