15 June, 2010 – A white paper published by leading green building consultants Yudelson Associates has revealed that sustainable management, design and operations are rapidly growing practices at American universities.
Principal of Yudelson Associates Jerry Yudelson said that American campuses now host more than 3000 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design registered projects, about 15 per cent of the total of all LEED projects.
According to the new Yudelson Associates white paper, based on end-of-2009 data from the U.S. Green Building Council, the four leading campuses for LEED project registrations are, in order, the University of Florida, Harvard University, the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Washington. The rapid growth in LEED registrations at leading campuses has come from their adoption of LEED as a way of certifying the sustainability of campus operations.
Yudelson noted, “LEED for Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance (LEED EBOM) project registrations have become increasingly popular over the past several years.” In the view of Yudelson Associates, this is a promising change, as almost all of the building stock on college campuses already exists in any given two- to five-year period.
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