Michigan Tech is committed to ensuring that the H-STEM Complex provides both state-of-the-art teaching and research labs and best-in-class user experience and environmental performance.  The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system provides the framework to design and build a complex that accomplishes those dual aims.  The design principles and provisional LEED scorecard below detail the concepts and the strategies that we are using to improve the sustainability performance of H-STEM.  We are striving for and anticipate a LEED Gold certification for the H-STEM Complex.

Ten Measures of Sustainable Design

  1. Design for Integration
  2. Design for Community
  3. Design for Ecology
  4. Design for Water
  5. Design for Economy
  6. Design for Energy
  7. Design for Wellness
  8. Design for Resources
  9. Design for Change
  10. Design for Discovery

LEED Accreditation

Sustainable design principles were used in the design and construction of this project; the LEED Green Building Rating System is a convenient and industry accepted standard of reporting and measurement.  See the H-STEM preliminary scorecard below:

Y ? N   Comments
12 2 18 Location and Transportation 16
    16 LEED Neighborhood Development Location Project: Location Driven
1     Sensitive Land Protection option1: build on previously developed land
    2 High Priority Site Project: Location Driven
5     Surrounding Density and Diverse Uses  

Access to Quality Transit

Need to analyze bus schedule
  1   Bicycle Facilities Dependent upon add alternate for bike shelter approx. $40K
1     Reduced Parking Footprint Option 1: Provide no parking.  Draw LEED boundary to exclude parking on Cliff Drive
  1   Green Vehicles Provide charging station or 2% of all parking provided - likely mutually exclusive with reduced footprint
3 1 6 Sustainable Sites 10
1     Site Assessment  
  1 1 Site Development - Protect or Restore Habitat Donate to a land conservatory to offset project area.  Check with project budget.
1     Open Space Provide open space >=30% including building: 25% of open space must be vegetated by 2 species or have tree cover.  We have 75%+ open space.  Space is social and recreational.
    3 Rainwater Management No. Detention would have to be added to mimic natural hydrology.

Heat Island Reduction

1     Light Pollution Reduction Need to confirm with campus standards
5 0 6 Water Efficiency 11
1   1 Outdoor Water Use Reduction 1 point for efficient heads, 2 for no irrigation
3   3 Indoor Water Usse Reduction 25-50% reduction from baseline (target 35% min)
    2 Cooling Tower Water Use Air cooled chiller does not count
1     Water Metering Must sub-meter 2 sources (cold and domestic hot planned)
19 3 11 Energy and Atmosphere 33
6     Enhanced Commissioning Commit to 1 year post occ monitoring
11   7 Optimize Energy Performance IECC 2015 Requirements = 22% Reduction from Ashrae 90.1-2010 Baseline (Based on New Construction) *Note:2030 Challenge =70% and 18 points) Expecting a 29% reduction
1     Advanced Energy Metering Deduct alternate would lose point
  1 1 Demand Response Need to confirm campus approach complies
    3 Renewable Energy Production PV was removed from budget - future provisions but will not get credit
1     Enhanced Refrigerant Management Dependent upon building systems type R-134A
5 4 4 Materials and Resources 13
  3 2 Building Life-Cycle Impact Reduction Option 4: additional consulting scope +-$12K
1   1 Building Product Disclosure & Optimization - Environmental Product Declarations Option 1: use 4.1 req/s 20/5
1 1   Building Product Disclosure and Optimization - Sourcing of Raw Materials Option 1; use 4.1 req/s 20%/40%
1   1 Building Product Disclosure and Optimization - Material Ingredients Option 1; use 4.1 req/s 20/5
2     Construction and Demolition Waste Management Specify 75% diversion
8 6 2 Indoor Environmental Quality 16
2     Enhanced Indoor Air Quality Strategies

Requires entryway systems

3     Low-Emitting Materials  
1     Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan  
  2   Indoor Air Quality Assessment Either flush out or hire testing agency ($5,000)
    2 Thermal Comfort Added Owner Cost...ASHRAE 55-2010
1 1   Interior Lighting Additional scope
  2 1 Daylight Additional scope
1     Quality View  

Acoustic Performance


Additional scope
4 2 0 Innovation


1     Green Cleaning Need to confirm with campus standards
1     Integrated Pest Management Need to confirm with campus standards
1     Low-mercury lighting All LED lighting
  1   Building as a teaching tool Must agree to tours; dashboard helpful
  1   WELL/integrated health measures Open stair; plants
2 1 1 Regional Priority 4
1     Surrounding Density and Diverse Uses  
  1   Building life-cycle impact reduction  
1     Enhanced Indoor Air Quality Strategies  
    1 Regional Priority:  
59 19 48 TOTALS Certified: 40-49 pts       Silver: 50-59 pts     Gold: 60-79 pts     Platinum: 80-110 pts