Georgetown University’s Rafi k B. Hariri Building has been awarded LEED® Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute for its innovative design features and for using environmentally sensitive practices and materials during the construction process.

“We teach our students about leadership and social responsibility, and the new Hariri Building shows that we practice what we teach,” says George Daly, dean of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. “We are proud that the Hariri Building provides an ideal setting for learning while also minimizing its impact on the environment.”

The LEED Silver Certification is based on five broad categories: sustainable site design and development, water efficiency, energy, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. The Hariri Building’s green features include:

  • Expected energy savings of 15 percent through efficient lighting design and controls, optimized garage exhaust fan controls, and ultra-low flow lavatory fixtures;
  • A 41 percent water-use reduction through use of ultra-low-flow fixtures and dual-flush water closets;
  • Water-efficient landscaping;
  • Operable exterior windows that contribute to indoor environmental quality;
  • Building materials that contain recycled content and were manufactured locally;
  • More than half the construction waste — 800 tons — was recycled and reused;
  • Bicycle storage facilities, proximity to public transportation, and several preferred parking spaces for hybrid and electric vehicles;
  • Highly reflective materials that were used to pave 68 percent of the non-roof impervious surfaces;
  • Low-emitting paints, adhesives, sealants, and carpeting;
  • 25 percent of the total building materials manufactured using recycled materials; and
  • Local products — nearly 31 percent of the total building materials were extracted, harvested, or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project site.

LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.

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