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LEED Certification (In Progress)

Project History

  • 7/18/2017

    Wassaja Hall became the campus’ 11th facility to receive LEED® certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in February. The University of Illinois is a national leader in green building design with more than 2.4M GSF on campus.

  • 4/27/2017

    On the agenda at the ECBS SWATeam meeting:

    1) Follow up from April 14 Illini Lights Out;

    2) Reports from success of Eco-Olympics;

    3) Continued discussions on Karl’s work with ACES and other buildings;


The University has adopted LEED Gold certification as a part of their design standards on all new construction.  Facilitites & Services tracks LEED status for new buildings and major recontruction.

Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings that was established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The program addresses the entire lifecycle of a building, assessing if it satisfies all LEED requirements.  LEED certified buildings are designed to lower operating costs and increase asset value, reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve energy and water, be healthier and safer for occupants, and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.


2010 iCAP LEED Goals:

Require all new construction to be LEED Platinum certified by FY15:

The LEED certification requirements were increased in fiscal year 2011 to require Gold level certification for all new projects.  This has increased the visibility and sustainability of all new campus buildings.  There is a proposal from the 2010 iCAP to increase the certification requirement to Platinum level in fiscal year 2015.  This increase would require additional funding for new building projects, and in some cases there may be conflicts with building codes or campus Standards.  

Completed LEED Goals:

Incorporate LEED principles into Facility Standards:

The Facility Standards for campus have been updated to incorporate many LEED principles.  As of 2012, a building that meets all the Facility Standards, will qualify for a LEED Silver designation.  Additionally, new buildings, additions, or major renovations are required to meet LEED Gold certification.  The additional points to acheive LEED Gold are selected by the individual project teams, rather than prescribed specifically in the Facility Standards.

The 2010 U of I Facilities Standards have been published and are currently based on LEED Gold certification.  The U of I Facilities Standards require compliance with all 8 Required Prerequisites and several additional Credits listed in the LEED Rating System.  The Standards list some minimum technical requirements and make recommendations pertaining to energy conservation strategies, but allow the AE the flexibility to determine how the LEED Gold certification is obtained.

Require all new construction to be LEED Silver certified by FY10:

LEED Silver certification has been required for all new campus buidings since 2008, when the iCAP was signed. Thee are four levels of LEED certification: certified, silver, gold, and platinum.  Silver certification requires a mimum of 50 LEED points.  The Ikenberry Commons Student Dining and Residential Programs (SDRP) building and the phase A of the new residence halls in Ikenberry Commons is also LEED Silver certified.  This designation is required for all buildings that were planned or begun before 2010.  While many of the buildings planned at that time are completed or in construction, there are some future buildings planned before 2010, which will only be required to meet LEED Silver status.

Require all new construction to be LEED Gold certified by FY11:

With the successful attainment of LEED Silver certification for some campus buildings, the Campus advanced the LEED certification requirements to a minimum of Gold certification at the beginning of fiscal year 2011.  All projects which began the planning process after May 2010 are required to be LEED Gold certified.  To acheive LEED Gold, the construction or renovation project must qualify for a minimum of 60 LEED points.

Square Footage certified as LEED each year (Tracked by Fiscal Year)

Square Footage LEED Gold Certification (Tracked by Day)


  • November 4, 2009:

    National Petascale Computing Facility

View details for Square Footage LEED Gold Certification (Tracked by Day)

Square Footage LEED Platinum Certification (Tracked by Day)


  • December 2, 2009:

    Business Instructional Facility

  • November 1, 2013:

    Lincoln Hall

  • August 31, 2014:

    Bousfield Hall

View details for Square Footage LEED Platinum Certification (Tracked by Day)

Square Footage LEED Silver Certification (Tracked by Day)


  • January 20, 2011:

    Nugent Hall at Ikenberry Commons

  • August 17, 2011:

    SDRP, Ikenberry Dining

  • August 1, 2012:

    Illinois Natural History Survey, Evers Hall

  • August 7, 2012:

    Yeh Student Center, NCEL

  • August 8, 2012:

    Illinois Fire Services Institute

  • February 5, 2013:

    Huff Hall - Khan Annex

View details for Square Footage LEED Silver Certification (Tracked by Day)

Project Team

  • Primary Contact:

    Morgan Johnston

    Project Leader:

    Fred Hahn


Project Location(s)

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