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Building Design


In addition to our Sustainable Building Policy, Santa Clara University is a member of the Green Building Council, the overseeing body of the LEED rating system. We have staff that have been trained in the principles of LEED and retain a number of LEED certified design consultants.

Fr. Engh, LEED

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, is a voluntary, national rating system that provides a framework for assessing economic and environmental building performance and meeting sustainability goals. The system deals with aspects of design, construction and operation in relation to site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selections, and indoor air quality. Projects earn points based on a matrix of baseline requirements and voluntary choices pertaining to sustainability and conservation.

Many of these requirements and sustainable alternatives are already mandatory in the State of California under current building codes. Projects are awarded one of four levels of certification based on their final scoring: “basic certification, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.” See the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for more information.