Office of Design and Construction
Sustainable Design and Construction Initiatives
The Office of Design and Construction (ODC) supports the Princeton University Sustainability Plan by using best practices in the design and construction of capital projects to reduce energy use and environmental impact. Our project managers direct architectural and engineering consultants and builders to investigate new technologies such as green roofs, heat recovery systems, rainwater re-use systems, and other sustainable building systems, to integrate this new thinking into our new building and renovation projects.
Working in conjunction with the Office of Sustainability, Engineering and Campus Energy, and Grounds and Building Maintenance, new metrics are being established to measure energy usage and sustainability features in new and renovated buildings against the ambitious goals outlined in our Sustainability Plan.
In addition to a dramatic reduction in energy usage, the Plan includes designing and constructing buildings to achieve a LEED Silver equivalency rating. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. Silver level certification provides an important benchmark for our buildings, one now being adopted by many Universities and municipalities. To assure we meet these new benchmarks, many ODC staff members have undergone training and are now accredited (LEED AP) in green building principles.
See our Major Projects pages for more information about "green buildings" at Princeton.
Photos of some of the sustainability features of our projects can be seen in this photo gallery. (Under Construction)