Charles E. Young Research Library

UCLA Green Building Program

The impact of buildings on natural resources is significant. U.S. buildings are responsible for seventy-two percent of electricity consumption, forty percent of energy use, thirty-nine percent of carbon dioxide emissions, and thirteen percent of potable water use.

More efficient “green” buildings reduce environmental impact by using, on average, twenty-four to fifty percent less energy, forty percent less water, seventy percent less solid waste, and thirty-three to thirty-nine percent less carbon dioxide emissions than a standard building of the same type. As of 2009, all new buildings and major retrofits at UCLA target LEED certification of silver or higher. In keeping with the University of California Policy on Sustainable Practices, all new buildings and major retrofits are also required to outperform the energy efficiency standards in Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations by twenty percent.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

This voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings addresses all building types and emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, and indoor environmental quality. It also offers a practical rating tool for green building design and construction that provides immediate, measurable results for building owners and occupants.

Research Library Renovations LEED Status

Interior renovations to the first floor are expected to achieve LEED Gold (Commercial Interiors 2.0), with thirty-six out of fifty-nine points expected. Final points awarded may differ based on the final LEED review.


Sustainable Sites: five of seven points expected

  • Encourages alternative transportation by providing carpool parking and close proximity to campus shuttles and public transportation
  • In close proximity to dense community and residential development
  • Seventy-five percent of non-roof and one hundred percent of impervious roof area constructed with light-colored / high-albedo materials for heat-island reduction
  • Site contamination by remediating hazardous materials such as asbestos-containing materials, lead-containing materials, polychlorinated biphenyls
  • Participant in campuswide green cleaning program for pest management
  • Participant in campuswide ergonomic assessment program
  • Participant in campuswide recycling program and e-waste recycling

Water Efficiency: two of two points expected

  • Indoor water use fifty-three percent below EPA standards

Energy and Atmosphere: eight of fourteen points expected

  • Lighting power usage thirty-six percent below Title 24 standard
  • Interior spaces appropriately zoned with separate controls to ensure HVAC efficiency
  • Ninety-five percent of new equipment Energy Star compliant
  • Clean wind power meeting the Green-e definition of renewable energy purchased to cover one hundred percent of energy consumption
  • NO CFC-based refrigerants used in the HVAC system
  • Enhanced commissioning to ensure that energy efficient systems were installed and performing as intended

Materials and Resources: eight of fourteen points expected

  • Ninety percent of construction waste diverted from landfills
  • Twenty-five percent of total building materials manufactured using recycled content
  • Twenty percent of total building materials manufactured locally
  • Ten percent of total building materials harvested locally

Indoor Environmental Quality: eight of seventeen points expected

  • Source of indoor pollutants managed by using low-emitting interior adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, carpet systems, and composite wood laminates
  • Indoor air quality plan developed according to SMACNA guidelines to sustain long-term user and staff comfort and well-being
  • Thermal monitoring system to support user and staff productivity, comfort, and well-being
  • Over fifty percent of new wood-based building materials FSC certified, encouraging environmentally responsible forest management

Innovation in Design: five of five points expected

  • Sustainability education provided through an educational outreach program