UGA gets first LEED gold for historic building


The College of Environment & Design’s Jackson Street Building received LEED Gold Certification, the first historic building on campus to earn the designation.

Now more than 50 years old, the building originally housed the School of Art and is one of only two modernist buildings at UGA (the other is the College of Pharmacy). When the building was renovated in 2012 for the College of Environment & Design, solar panels were installed on the southern-facing skylight shields, windows were replaced with energy-efficient glass, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems were installed and a 28,000-gallon cistern was added to collect rainwater and water that condenses in the cooling system. That water is cleaned well enough to use for toilet flushing and to return to the cooling system’s tower, reducing wastewater by 90 percent.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an independent, third-party verification that indicates a building project meets standards for sustainability set by the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council.

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