Green Building Share-outs

Your group will be searching on the Internet for 3 green buildings. You will open today’s group worksheet, and generate check lists for those 3 green buildings. You may also attach files (pics, drawings, etc.) to help describe a building’s green functions, although that is not required.


Remember, during the subsequent Share Out, you will be asked to describe each of your ‘X’s.
The more interesting, the more noteworthy.

To help you get started with your research, what follows are links to lists of green buildings.

Academic institutions are leading the way, and many of them have published their checklists online.


  1. Colorado State’s Durrell Center received 5 out of 5 points for Green Power, due to its construction of solar tubes, solar roofs, and dining deck that faces Moby Arena to take advantage of the Colorado sunshine year-round.
  2. Existing building materials were recycled during a 2012 renovation. It received a 2 out of 2 for Construction Waste Management.
  3. Additionally, Durrell Center is central to multiple alternative transportation stops, and includes bicycle parking and changing rooms (6/6).

#1 Green Building: Klarman Hall

  1. Klarman hall is built to have a rainwater reclamation system This new arrangement not only provides power to Klarman Hall, but also to the nearby Human Ecology Building – also LEED Platinum certified.Colorado State’s Academic Village Aspen Hall received a 1 out of 1 for Controllability of systems – thermal comfort because it contains a thermal plant that cools the building by generating ice at night (when electricity rates are low) and melting that ice during the day.  

#2 Green Building: Cornell CIS Gates Hall

  1. Cornell CIS Gates Hall incorporates a light strategy by reducing the electrical load necessary to light spaces while also blocking heat-inducing sunlight at differing periods in the solar cycle. This is how they received a 1 out of 1 for Controllability of systems – lighting.
  2. In addition, it incorporates recycled content in the building and furnishings, it contained a large percentage of recycled content which is why for the materials and resources category the building received a 1 out of 2.
  3. It also includes energy-efficient native landscaping that will reduce the need for site irrigation and permeable pavement will improve stormwater management. The building received a 4 out of 4 for water-efficient landscaping because of this.

#3 Green Building: Laurel Village Pavilion

  1. The Laurel Village Pavilion has a green sloped roof to reduce the heat island effect, an interior two-story green wall, and garage doors to be opened in mild weather to provide fresh air/ventilation which helped them receive a 7/7 for their on-site renewable energy.
  2. This building also includes a front desk features recycled, reused, and local materials including a Wyoming driftwood fence, recycled aluminum flecks, and recycled newspaper strips which results in receiving a 1 out of 1 for recycled content.
  3. In addition, it provides Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles, bicycle maintenance, and several public transportation access. This results in a 3 out of 3 score for Alternative Transportation, Low-Emitting, and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles and 6 out of 6 for Alternative Transportation – Public Transportation Access.


Academic Building Lists with checklist

no checklist

very detailed descriptions
Cornell University

over 100 buildings, some certified Platinum
Harvard University

129,312 certified LEED buildings all around the world.
Not many details, and you will have to find additional sources of information as to why the building is green.
U.S. Green Building Council

New York City has already invested significantly in green buildings. Here are some lists of them in the city.

Like USGBC, you will have to find additional info for buildings listed in these links.

Passive Houses
Does not use LEED criteria, but can easily be translated into a checklist.

And some videos
Groundbreakers Green Architecture
Rooftop Gardens (ad required)