Green Buildings

Green Buildings at Western

Built spaces and urban areas represent a significant proportion of anthropogenic (or human-induced) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions contributing to climate change (UN-Habitat, 2011). Increased awareness of the impacts of the built environment on the natural environment has resulted on the development of “green buildings” (ASHRAE, 2010).

Green buildings are designed, constructed and operated in accordance with practices that significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of buildings in the environment and its occupants. These types of buildings are intended to (ASHRAE, 2010):

All of Western’s new buildings and major renovations are mandated to result in green buildings. In several instances, Western has pursued LEED certification for these projects. Please take a moment to navigate through Western’s green buildings and their features. You can also visit many of these buildings!

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UN-Habitat. (2011). Global Report on Human Settlements 2011. Cities and Climate Change. Washington, DC: Earthscan ASHRAE (2010). ASHRAE Green Guide. The Design, Construction and Operation of Green Buildings. Atlanta, GA.