Green Building

Policy Goals

  • New Buildings and Renovations
    • Design and construct all new buildings and major renovations to a minimum LEED-Silver rating as well as meet the prerequisites of the Laboratories for the 21st Century Environmental Performance Criteria.
    • Design and construct all renovation projects with a cost of $5 million or greater (except acute care facilities) to a minimum LEED-CI Certified rating.
    • Outperform the energy requirements of a California Building Code by at least 20 percent on all new construction and major renovation projects (except acute care facilities) or meet UC's Whole Building Energy Targets.
    • Acute care/hospital facilities and medical office buildings shall be designed, constructed, and commissioned to outperform ASHRAE 90.1-2010 by at least 30%.
    • No new building or major renovation that is approved after June 30, 2019 shall use onsite fossil fuel combustion for space and water heating (except those projects connected to an existing campus central thermal infrastructure.

Cumulative Number of UC LEED Certifications by Year

Progress Towards Goals

In 2018, UC added two new LEED Silver, eight LEED Gold and five LEED Platinum certifications for a total of 301 certifications systemwide. Eight of 10 campuses and the Office of the President have at least one LEED EBOM certification with 42 total across the system.

The Sustainable Practices Policy requires all new construction and major renovation projects to register with the Residential or Non-Residential Savings By Design Program. These energy efficiency programs, offered by California’s four investor-owned utilities and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, provide design assistance, energy analysis, life-cycle costing and financial incentives to help projects exceed the energy provisions of California’s Building Code. 

In 2017, 16 UC projects received a total of $2.15 million in incentives. On average, these projects exceeded the energy provisions of California’s Building Code by 25 percent and are projected to save approximately $700,000 annually in avoided energy costs.