Learn how your campus can go green with LEED

Published on: 
5 Jun 2017
Author: 
Nagesh Gupta

Do you have a goal of achieving LEED certification on two or more buildings located on a single site or within a typical campus setting? LEED offers a unique certification path for projects that are on a shared site under the control of a single entity. 

It is quite common that multiple buildings located on the same site, or within the same campus, share common features such as parking, rainwater harvesting, open green cover, district cooling/ heating systems, renewable energy or solid waste management. The LEED campus approach helps projects share such LEED credits and strategies.

How does the LEED campus approach work? 

Project teams can document applicable prerequisite/credit(s) once for the entire campus. This allows them to demonstrate a whole-campus strategy for certification of individual buildings or a group of buildings.

Once reviewed and earned at the campus level, credits will be available to LEED projects (an individual project or group of projects) associated with the same master plan and located within that same LEED campus boundary.

The LEED campus approach is not a new rating system, but a program designed to simplify the certification process for multiple buildings while maintaining the technical integrity and rigor of LEED. Most important, it saves the time and documentation needed for the project and captures economies of scale in the certification process.

This path has been used by both new and existing developments, such as business and IT parks, industrial parks, schools and universities, convention centers, resorts, health care campuses and many more. Recently, the projects on the Infosys campus at Pune became the largest campus in the world to earn LEED Platinum certification through this path.

How is it different from the LEED volume program? 

The LEED volume program is a streamlined certification process for organizations planning to certify a large number of new or existing projects that are prototype-based. The campus approach, by contrast, is for projects not necessarily uniform in design or operations, but located on a single campus location, and it does not require the development of a prototype.

Download the LEED campus guidance document below to get started. This guidance can be used by all projects pursuing LEED v4 for Building Design and Construction (BD+C), Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) and Interior Design and Construction (ID+C) rating system groups.

LEED-certified campus projects in India

Get started with the LEED campus guidance document