Rafik B. Hariri Building receives LEED certification

As expected, the Rafik B. Hariri Building has been awarded LEED certification for its environmentally-friendly features. Georgetown applied for LEED Certification, which is awarded to buildings that are sustainable, and water, energy, resource, and material efficient, during the fall semester.

LEED certification is awarded by the U. S. Green Building Council, a non-profit organization which bills the award as the “nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings,” but LEED certification has been criticized for similarly weighting expensive green features with large environmental impacts and inexpensive projects with minimal impact.

According to a press release from the Georgetown McDonough School of Business, the following are some of the features that the LEED certification recognized:

“• An expected energy savings of 15 percent through efficient lighting design and controls
• A 41 percent water use reduction through use of ultra low flow fixtures and dual-flush water closets
• Water-efficient landscaping
• Building materials that contain recycled content and were manufactured locally
• More than half of the construction waste – 800 tons – was recycled and re-used
• Bicycle storage facilities, proximity to public transportation, and several preferred parking spaces for hybrid and electric vehicles
• Low-emitting paints, adhesives, sealants and carpeting
• Manufacturing 25 percent of the total building materials using recycled materials
• Local products, in that nearly 31 percent of the total building materials were extracted, harvested, or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project site.”

“From the fluidized bed coal boiler in 1979, to the solar panels we installed on the Bunn Intercultural Center in 1982, to our fuel cell buses, Georgetown has long been green,” President John DeGioia said of the award. “We’ve done so because of a dedication to the principle of sustainability.”

The University has committed getting LEED certification for all of its new structures.

8 Comments on “Rafik B. Hariri Building receives LEED certification

  1. Silver! You forgot to mention that. At least we’re a step above the minimum…

  2. I’m all for LEED and going green. It is an excellent point, though, that the certification system leaves something to be desired. I like this part as a “plus” for the building: “Bicycle storage facilities, proximity to public transportation, and several preferred parking spaces for hybrid and electric vehicles.” How are preferred spaces for hybrids/electric helpful at all? It’s not like those who don’t get a preferred spot are parking so much further away from their destination. There is no way anyone has been incentivized to buy a hybrid so they can park next to the elevator in the parking lot of Hariri (presumably a preferred spot) instead of two rows over with the common folk. And, if near the elevator is a preferred spot, isn’t it ironic that taking the elevator uses electricity.

  3. I don’t care if they made the foundation out of fruit rind, it still an overpriced monstrosity geared toward inculcating bro’s into a shallow life of materialism. It would do the school and the environment a favor if they tore down the whole thing and replaced it with a vegetable patch.

  4. @ @Jacob

    I thought that the recent financial crisis put an end to the idea that brain damaged monkeys can run backs.

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  6. @ joelle van dyne, actually leed certification is really really difficult. though we are “merely” one step above the minimum, the minimum is actually highly competitive and has strict rules.

    @ jacob, actually, there are plently of b-school students who aren’t so materialistic, and who are studying social entrepreneurship. as in myself.

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