East Neighborhood and Tennis Pavilion achieve LEED Silver certification

Elon University's newest buildings have been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council for sustainable design and construction.

The East Neighborhood Residence Halls and Tennis Pavilion have received LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, bringing Elon to a total of 28 LEED certifications on campus.

LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — is the preeminent green building rating system internationally. Elon’s Green Building Policy states that new construction projects and major renovations more than 8,000 square feet will achieve LEED certification. LEED for Building Design and Construction assesses projects based on a point system that considers sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation in design and regional priority credits.

The East Neighborhood residence halls and Tennis Pavilion have numerous sustainable features, including low-flow plumbing fixtures and energy efficient systems. The energy cost savings for the buildings is about 22 percent compared to buildings that just meet the standard building energy code. Regional building materials were used in the buildings as well as materials with recycled content.

Additional details about the sustainable features of the buildings can be found on the Office of Sustainability’s website.