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UNT Business Leadership Building Awarded LEED Certification

February 15th, 2012 Posted in Alumni News

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the Business Leadership Building at the University of North Texas Gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

The Business Leadership Building has become the third LEED certified building on the UNT campus. In 2011, the UNT Life Sciences Complex received Gold-level certification and UNT’s Apogee Stadium became the first Platinum-level certified new construction collegiate stadium in the U.S.

The 180,000-square-foot Business Leadership Building, which opened in Fall 2011, features numerous environmentally friendly components including:
   •  Recycling stations
   •  Water-efficient plumbing features
   •  Electricity generated in part by wind power provided by the city of Denton
   •  A sustainable water management and irrigation system
   •  Landscaping featuring native plants requiring less water and maintenance

The Business Leadership Building was constructed on previously developed land, which limited damage to the native environment. Recycled materials and materials found within 500 miles of the building were used during construction. The building is located within ΒΌ mile of campus and public bus stops, provides space for more than 140 bicycles, and features lockers and shower facilities for cyclists, all helping to reduce transportation pollution and dependency on motorized vehicles. The building’s landscape plan promotes biodiversity by providing restored open space equal to the building’s footprint. Hard surfaces surrounding the Business Leadership Building, including sidewalks, are light in color to reflect heat, and the building’s near-white roof reflects significant amounts of sunlight and heat.

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