Everything you need to know about the sustainability of this grand building.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.
The UNT Union is still working towards that highest level, Platinum. Currently, the building has reached gold-level certification, the next-highest level.For even more information, visit here.
UNT’s efforts to make this building green start at the building materials and the interior of the building, as well as making building functions greener too.
Since we Mean Green here at the UNT Union, here’s some specific examples of how we worked extra hard to make this building as eco-friendly as possible:
- The water fountains come with bottle-filling stations, which by Earth day tomorrow will have saved over 30,000 plastic bottles from being used. That’s a ton of waste that was kept out of the waste system!
- The trash cans @ the Union make recycling easy! The different shaped holes correspond with what kind of waste goes where, increasing recycling in the building and making it easy for students.
- The Union has cisterns (rain water receptacles) that collect rainwater to use for building functions.
- 92% of the Union’s construction waste was diverted from landfills.
- Bathrooms contain censored faucets, dual flush toilets and low-flow urinals.
- The Union uses low-emitting and low-hazard materials indoors such as paints, adhesives, and carpets.
- The Union’s 28% energy reduction is enough to power a whopping 246 homes.
- Lights in the Union are on motion-censors to ensure the lights aren’t on when areas aren’t in use.
- The meeting rooms in the Union sync with the room’s schedule to turn on the AC, lights and AV equipment only when meetings are scheduled.
- As much of the old Union’s foundation and structural elements were reused in the construction of the new Union, amounting to a large amount of the current building’s materials. All the bricks you see in the new Union are from the old Union!
- The Union also has sun panels on the top of the building.
- The Union’s rooftop garden features native landscaping that is drought resistant and indigenous to Texas.
So while the Union’s still under consideration for the highest level of LEED certification, know that the UNT Union really does MEAN GREEN. We love our school and we love the environment. We are happy that we are able to reduce our impact on the environment while providing a great space and many great services to our students. GO MEAN GREEN and HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!