China college strikes LEED gold

Schwarzman College has earned LEED gold certification under new construction, according to a release.

On the campus of Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious universities, Schwarzman College opened in 2016. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the 200,000-square-foot campus houses one of the most advanced higher-education facilities in the world and is one of the first LEED gold–certified academic buildings in China.

“While creating the program, it was important that the building of Schwarzman College be a representation of the innovation and positive global impact that the program as a whole will have for the future,” said Stephen A. Schwarzman, founding trustee of Schwarzman Scholars. 

With support of the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in building design, construction and operation, Schwarzman College joins the more than 1,000 LEED-certified buildings in Greater China.

“LEED is a transformative tool that ensures a building is designed and operating to achieve high performance in key areas of human and environmental health while enhancing the triple bottom line – people, planet and profit,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of the USGBC. “By prioritizing sustainability, Schwarzman College is leading the way in global excellence and performance improvement, and helping USGBC continue toward our vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation.”

The college has also committed to RESET Certified air quality monitoring, which uses a cloud-based tool focused on health and regeneration to provide accurate metrics regarding the performance of indoor air filtration. RESET makes air quality data easily available to all occupants of the building.

To ensure the success of Schwarzman College LEED and RESET commitments, Schneider Electric, a leading provider of energy management, contributed HVAC and control equipment critical to achieving exemplary performance, officials said.


Topics: Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Certifications, Educational Buildings, Educational Buildings - Colleges and Universities, Energy Saving Products, Sustainable Communities, Technology, USGBC

Companies: U.S. Green Building Council

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