Sustainability for Design and Construction
Approach to Energy Conservation and Sustainability for Design and Construction
The University of Michigan has a long history of environmental stewardship in its approach to facility design and construction. With the significant growth taking place on the Ann Arbor campus – 12 percent population increase and a 22 percent increase in building area from fiscal year 2004 - 2011 – incorporating energy reduction in building design is one of the most effective ways for U-M to reduce its carbon footprint. This practice not only minimizes total energy resource use, but helps moderate future energy costs and reduces carbon dioxide emissions.
The University of Michigan requires new construction to meet the American Association of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 90.1 2007. In addition, as of October 2008, U-M has adopted the goal of exceeding ASHRAE 90.1-2007 energy code requirements by 30% for all projects with a construction budget of $10,000,000 or greater. U-M requires the incorporation of numerous mandatory energy conservation measures on projects, requires comprehensive evaluation of additional energy efficiency measures, and requires comprehensive modeling of energy usage for proposed projects and development of energy impact statements at each phase of design.
To support the implementation of sustainable design concepts for new construction, U-M has adopted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification as mandatory, as of June 2010 for all new non-clinical buildings and additions (new construction) with a construction budget of $10,000,000 or greater.
All projects (new construction and renovation) with a construction budget of $5 million or greater are subject to an environmental review process to help guide the design from a sustainable practices standpoint. At the conclusion of schematic design, the architect is required to develop a preliminary LEED® score, using accredited personnel, even if the project is not subject to the LEED® Silver certification requirement.
Several sections of U-M’s Design Guidelines for Design and Construction outline U-M’s detailed requirements related to both energy efficiency as well as sustainable design and environmental stewardship:
The AEC Sustainability Master Plan is a comprehensive document which communicates the methodology Architecture Engineering and Construction is employing to improve building design and construction sustainability at the University of Michigan.
The Master Plan divides sustainability into various categories, summarizing the tactics and policies that will be employed for each category.
The Plan is a living document, and will evolve as tasks are completed and policies are developed and refined. The category narrative defines the purpose of that category, describes in general terms the goals sought, and discusses the tasks necessary before the AEC Sustainability Team (or "Team") can recommend specific policies and targets for that category. As tasks are completed, policies and procedures will replace the tasks originally described in a category.
To share your ideas on AEC sustainable design and construction practices, please email the Team.
AEC Sustainability Team News Flash
The AEC Sustainability Team News Flash is used to keep parties inside and outside of our organization abreast of sustainability activities occurring within AEC. The aim is to promote cross functional communication to assure AEC sustainability initiatives are leveraged across all the projects for which we are responsible. News Flash is published irregularly; all editions can be found here.
Some Recent Projects and Sustainability
Numerous capital projects have focused on maximizing energy efficiency as well as incorporating other sustainability measures. To view the Project Profiles highlighting some of the specific measures incorporated in these recent projects click on the photos to the right.
In addition several major capital projects have pursued (or are currently pursuing) formal LEED certification. A complete list of UM LEED Projects can be found here.
|For technical inquires, comments and suggestions on the U of M Design Guidelines, please e-mail the U of M Design Guidelines Group at UMDesignGuide@umich.edu.|
2006 ASHRAE Region V Technology Award
First Place, New Institutional Buildings
North Quad Residential and Academic Complex:
Player Development Center for
Goal of ASHRAE + 30%
Ross School of Business: LEED-NC Silver
Couzens Hall: ASHRAE +30% and
Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR certification