Mammel Hall, the new home to the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), has become the first building within the University of Nebraska system to earn LEED gold certification for its green and energy saving features. More
Green building has become one of the most visible and active areas of sustainability. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has created the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating System—the benchmark for design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
What have we done?
- UNO has built its first LEED Certified building (see above). Dubbed Mammel Hall, it opened in the Fall of 2010. View the press release here.
- In addition, UNO is part of the the ZNETH project, a collaborative research effort between the College of Architecture, the College of Engineering, the Peter Kiewit Institute, the U.S. Green Building (Flatwater Chapter) and the Green Omaha Coalition. Several sustainable systems are in place which will allow the ZNETH project to produce more energy than it consumes. Click here for more details.
- By order of the President of the Nebraska University System, all new contruction and renovations must be up to LEED Standards. Read the Sustainable Design Policy here.
- Much of the interior of ASH, hidden by previous building renovations, was revealed and refinished during recent renovation.
- The shingle section of roof of the Engineering building (CPACS) was done with recycled plastic (milk containers).
- Facilities now uses paints and finishings that are low in toxicity.
- Whenever possible, furniture, casework, etc. is refurbished rather than replaced.
- Energy conservation efforts in new construction are being undertaken largely to new building standards. More enegry efficent lights are used, as well as more effective HVAC systems.
- When selecting new floor coverings and interior furnishings, FMP endeavors to use materials which have a lower impact on the environment—both in the larger sense and the indoor one its new occupants will share.
- The University of Nebraska System now requires that new buildings be built to at least LEED standards.
What can we do?
- Adopt sustainable “guidelines” to assist in implementing prudent improvements. These may include ways to describe lifecycle costs, impacts of carpet & lights on energy and environment, use of time clocks and/or sensors for lighting, materials selection, plumbing fixtures (e.g., waterless urinals), performance based decision making (e.g., carpet replacement), recycling guidance for C&D waste, etc.
- Be selective when purchasing materials with which to furnish our offices. Choose low-impact materials not likely to release pollutants indoors.
- Use daylighting when possible—turn out lights that are unnecessary or in unoccupied areas.
- Work with FMP to select low-impact and healthy materials.
- Learn more!
United States Green Building Council
Diagram of a Green Building
Environmental Protection Agency
USGBC Flatwater Chapter
Emerging Green Builders