The design and construction of buildings greatly impact energy consumption and pollution including fossil carbon emissions. At UWO we are committed to green buildings by incorporating elements of energy efficiency design standards on all new construction and applicable renovation projects.
LEED Certified Construction
What is LEED?
- The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED certification system has become the standard for sustainable building practices. Learn more from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Different Levels of LEED Certification
LEED History for UWO’s Buildings
- Student Success Center earned a LEED-Silver as the first LEED certified building here
- The Student Recreation and Wellness Center and the South Campus Parking Ramp were built following LEED-Silver guidelines, though neither was certified
- Taylor Hall which was renovated in 2005 was inspired by the LEED rating system but also was not certified
- Sage Hall received the Gold rating in October 2012
- Horizon Village achieved Gold in the LEED rating system in May 2013
- Alumni Welcome and Conference Center achieved LEED Gold in fall of 2014
As the University’s first new academic building in 40 years, Sage Hall opened its doors in fall 2011. Solar photovoltaic and solar thermal hot water installations generate 10 percent of the energy needs for the 190,000-square-foot building. Sage also is equipped with features that improve the use of daylight for lighting, thereby reducing the need for electricity. In all, Sage was built to be about 40% more efficient than a conventional building of equal size. Outside the building, Sage has been outfitted with a green roof and bioswales for stormwater management to slow runoff and improve water quality following precipitation events.
Student Recreation and Wellness Center
SRWC opened in 2007, and was designed with numerous sustainable features. It was designed to the equivalent of a LEED Silver rating.
Some of the features include:
- Generous windows deliver panoramic river views as well as natural lighting to many spaces, reducing electrical loads.
- More than half of construction waste was recycled or reused.
- 20 percent of building materials were regionally manufactured.