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Creating and Supporting a Sustainable Campus

The Department of Facilities continuously accelerates its efforts as an environmental steward, striving to build and maintain high-performance, sustainable buildings that meet the needs of our community while also reducing waste, conserving resources, and taking advantage of efficient on-campus power.

Issues of sustainability, energy, and carbon footprint are addressed in every substantial project conducted by Facilities, from new construction to renovations and maintenance. The sustainability measures we undertake range from steam trap replacements and more efficient lighting to the incorporation of whole building automation. Each measure helps us reduce overall energy consumption, which is tracked on an annual basis.

All new construction and major renovation projects at MIT must earn or exceed LEED Gold certification. To date, nine MIT buildings have received LEED Gold certification, and two have received LEED Platinum certification. (LEED -- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design -- is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.)

For existing buildings, MITís proactive Capital Renewal program is engaged in continuous renewal and renovation projects that promote energy efficiency while ensuring that the campus will support the communityís broad spectrum of educational, research, and student life activities.

Integrated Design Process

Among the Instituteís environmental goals for capital projects is to include an integrated design process at the outset of the planning process to incorporate the desires of architects, engineers, and MIT in an effort to achieve an efficient building. The Sloan School project was the first to use the Integrated Design Process. In the typical design process, work is linear, so that each discipline works one after the other. The integrated process includes all of the architects and engineers from the beginning, so that they can more effectively work as a team.

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