Green Buildings

Both the University and the State are making great strides in green building construction and renovation. These projects will help the campus conserve energy, reduce the use of raw materials, and save money. Over time, more members of the campus community will live, work, and learn in increasingly efficient buildings while enjoying a higher standard of indoor environmental quality.

All campus buildings follow specific standards of green design and operations:

  • University of Maryland has set a goal that all new construction and major renovations will be high performance buildings. On top of this, The High Performance Building Program is a new Maryland state law, which requires buildings, constructed or renovated solely with State funds to be “high performance” buildings. The High Performance Building Program requires new buildings and major renovations to be certified LEED Silver or be built to the 2012 International Green Construction Code as amended by the Maryland Green Building Council. In addition, such projects must meet energy efficiency goals such that energy efficiency is 15% better than the current energy code.
  • Design Criteria/Facilities Standards (DCFS), the University standards and design guidelines for new construction and building renovations, set the requirements on operations and maintenance, safety, energy efficiency, and material finishes. To insure the University’s projects are designed in compliance with the University’s green building commitment and the High Performance Buildings Act, the DCFS is being revised to address environmental stewardship and LEED design criteria.
  • The President's Energy Initiatives, announced by President Loh in April 2014, require that buildings on campus conserve 20% of their current electricity use by 2020 and that new buildings are powered with zero-carbon energy. 

Click the photos below to learn more about some of the University of Maryland's green buildings.

  • South Campus Commons 7

    In January, 2010, the university opened the doors to its first LEED Certified student housing facility.

  • Knight Hall

    Knight Hall, the home of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, opened its doors in the winter of 2010 as the first university-owned and operated green building.

  • Oakland Hall

    Oakland Hall opened in the fall of 2011 as the campus’s second LEED Gold Certified residential facility.

  • Physical Sciences Complex

    The Physical Sciences Complex (PSC) opened in spring 2014 and earned LEED Silver Certification. This Complex includes a remarkable array of high-tech laboratories with equipment unsurpassed by any university facility in the country.

  • University House

    The University House, a 14,000 square foot facility located on the west side of the University of Maryland's College Park campus, achieved LEED Gold status.

  • Pocomoke Building

    The Pocomoke Building stands proudly on Route 1, a LEED Gold Certified building.

  • Chincoteague Hall

    Chincoteague Hall is the first LEED Gold Certified Renovation project at UMD. The renovation process of the 22,648 square foot building still managed to divert 92% of construction waste away from landfills.

  • Wye Oak Building

    The Wye Oak Building achieved LEED Silver certification on 7/27/2015. Substantially completed in January, 2014 this 12,774 GSF building houses units of the Building Landscape Services Department. This building also achieved a rating of Three Green Globes from the Green Building Initiative (GBI) rating system.