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Your faculty and staff news since 1965
December 13, 2004
Volume 40, Number 5

LEED certification sought

Facility Planning Director Roger Lujan recently announced that UNM plans to seek “green” building certification for the new School of Architecture and Planning.

The United States Green Building Council (USGBS) established criteria on a point system to determine the level of sustainable design incorporated into structures and projects.

Certification as a “LEED” building, or “Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design,” is established in several categories, including water efficiency, use of renewable energy sources, use of recyclables in construction and indoor air quality.

Only one building in New Mexico is LEED certified. The Baca/Dlo’ Ay Azhi Consolidated Replacement School in Prewitt, New Mexico, received certification with the minimum 26 points. Lujan said that UNM has incorporated many criteria for a long time.