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LEED Guidelines

Leadership Energy and Environmental Design standards are considered for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Design of the new Robert B. Goergen Hall for Biomedical Engineering and Optics incorporates the LEED standards of minimizing light pollution at night, controlling storm runoff, using renewable materials, and improving air quality.


Goergen Hall

University of Rochester Goergen Hall




Development Density and Community Connectivity

This building is located on a previously developed site and is with in ½ mile of neighborhoods and basic services. This encourages a sense of community and channels development to urban areas with existing infrastructure, protects greenfields, and preserves habitat and natural resources.




Heat Island Effect

The building minimizes impacts on microclimates, and human and wildlife habitats by reducing “Heat island” effect. A white roof, with high reflectivity and emissivity, along with a vegetative roof help to cool the building and its surrounding area.

Alternative Transportation

This building provides indoor and outdoor bicycle storage to promote the use of bicycles by residents and staff. This helps to reduce pollution and land development impacts from automobile use.




Controllability of Systems

Light and temperature levels are adjustable in order to provide a high level of lighting control by individual occupants, or groups in multi-occupant spaces. This promotes occupant productivity, comfort, and well-being.




Construction Waste Management

At least 75% of all non-hazardous demolition and construction material debris has been diverted from disposal landfills and incinerators. Recyclable and recovered debris has been reduced back into the manufacturing process.




Enhanced Refrigerant Management

All heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), and refrigerant management systems use chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) free refrigerants. This reducing the impact of the building on the atmosphere’s ozone layer.




Regional Materials

At least 10% of the total value of all building materials and products used in construction was manufactured within 500 miles of the site. This reduced the amount of energy required to transport the materials and products to the job site.

Low Emitting Materials

To improve air quality, low VOC (volatile organic compounds) materials were used in all adhesives, paints, and sealants installed in the building.




Recycled Content

A minimum of 20% of the total value of all building materials and products are from recycled sources including: carpet, ceiling tiles and grids, and gypsum drywall paper. This reduces impacts resulting from the extraction and processing of virgin materials.




Water Use Reduction

Low-flow sinks and showers installed in the building are being used to reduce the amount of water used by as much as 45%. This helps to increase water efficiency and reduces the burden on municipal water supply and wastewater systems. The buildings surroundings are inhabited with native vegetation that thrive with no irrigation.




Daylight and Views – Views

The use of large windows allows the occupants to maintain a connection to the surrounding environment and reduces the need for electrical lighting. This results in decreased energy use and contributes to the well-being of occupants.


O'Brien Hall Courtyard

O'Brien Hall Courtyard