LEED Sustainable Design Features

Leed Platinum 2013Southwestern's on-campus student housing complex is LEED® certified to the Platinum level. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™) green building program is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.

The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. Certification recognizes the implementation of practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

The LEED® Certification trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council is used with permission.


  • Building site erosion control
  • Construction site waste management
  • Off-site fabrication for efficient material framing and resource use, including wood waste control
  • Use of local gravel for concrete mixes
  • Use of aluminum systems with recycled aluminum products

Building Systems and Operations

  • Roof and courtyard rain water directed to infiltration system
  • Permeable paving direction water to infiltration system
  • Irrigation demand reduced by 20%
  • Use of high efficiency irrigation controls and systems
  • Landscaping with non-invasive and drought resistant plants
  • Preferred parking for hybrid/electric cars with designated electric plug-in stations
  • Proximity to public transit systems including bus and rail with ridesharing program promoting use of mass transit, walking and biking
  • Secured bicycle storage room
  • Recycling facilities and program
  • No-smoking facility

Unit Finishes, Appliances and Systems

  • Efficient HVAC system and windows with 24% more efficiency over the minimum Title 24 requirements
  • Energy Star appliances
  • Energy rated windows
  • Operable windows allowing fresh air ventilation
  • Glazing sun control and shading
  • Water conservation appliances and fixtures
  • Resilient flooring throughout
  • Kitchen hood, bathrooms and dryer exhaust directly to outdoors
  • Tenant training in use of green living systems and appliances

More information: www.usgbc.org/leed

Publication LEED for Homes Mid-Rise Program

Publication LEED for Homes Mid-Rise Program


Details on the LEED for Homes Mid-Rise Program