LEED for Existing Buildings
In addition to using “green building” principles for our newer facilities, Purdue University is presently identifying opportunities to convert some of our existing buildings to be LEED-EB: O+M (Existing Buildings: Operations and Management) compliant. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is awarded through the U.S. Green Building Council. It rates buildings that implement practical and measurable green design to increase energy savings, improve water efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, improve indoor environmental quality, and be thoughtful of the stewardship of resources and their impact.
One key project is the ongoing renovation/certification of Rawls Hall. Implemented as a first-of-its-kind “living/learning” project, it involves collaboration by graduate students of the Krannert School of Management and undergraduate teams from Engineering Projects in Community (EPICS) at Purdue, assisted by Indianapolis-based consultancy firm Heapy Engineering.
The students have taken the lead in identifying key metrics for the LEED process, meeting various stakeholders, collecting data from primary sources for the certification, and documenting LEED credits. The team expects to complete most of the certification application by the end of the second quarter of 2013. You can follow the latest developments on the process by reading blog posts by the student leaders at the Office of University Sustainability blog.