Green Design

In 2008 Notre Dame adopted a sustainable buildings policy that requires all new construction to be up to LEED standards. Since the implementation of this policy, the university has achieved nine LEED Gold certifications and three LEED Silver certifications for a total of twelve certified buildings. As a part of achieving these LEED certifications, Notre Dame has accomplished a 96% diversion rate for all construction project waste. 

In addition to this, 95% of building space uses efficient, non-LED lighting (such as CFLs) and 40% of Notre Dame's outdoor space uses highly efficient LED lighting. 

Completed Buildings

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    Geddes Hall

    (65,000 GSF)
    Opened August 2009
    LEED Gold Certified
    Features include motion sensor lighting, a shower and changing room for bicyclists, bamboo-lined walls in the chapel and coffeehouse, recycled cork flooring in the lobby, and regionally-sourced, recycled-content steel, gypsum, and concrete.  Overall, the building performs at approximately 40% greater energy efficiency than required by code.  More

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    Ryan Hall

    (72,000 GSF)
    Opened August 2009
    LEED Gold Certified
    Over 200 women reside in Ryan Hall, Notre Dame’s first LEED certified residence hall. The building was oriented to the site taking into consideration the location of windows for natural light penetration to the interior of the building.  Features include regional, recycled content gypsum and steel along with a reflective white membrane roof.  Energy-saving mechanicals such as variable-frequency drive pumps for heating hot water and HVAC mechanicals with greater monitoring capabilities all add to the efficiency of the building.  Overall, the building performs at approximately 25% greater energy efficiency than required by code.  More

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    Innovation Park Building

    (54,000 GSF)
    Opened Fall 2009
    LEED Silver Certified
    The well-insulated building envelope in combination with highly efficient mechanical and electrical systems create a building resulted in an expected energy savings of 17% beyond code.  The building features exhaust heat recovery, demountable walls, motion sensor-controlled lighting and HVAC systems, as well as locally sourced material and 100% Forest Stewardship Council certified wood. More

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    Purcell Pavilion

    (47,000 GSF)
    Opened October 2009
    LEED Gold Certified
    Purcell Pavilion was constructed with many locally sourced materials: more than 20% of the construction materials in the building were manufactured and harvested regionally (within 500 miles) of the project. Rapidly renewable materials, such as cork, were used for the floors as well. More

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    Stinson-Remick Hall

    (163,500 GSF)
    Opened January 2010
    LEED Gold Certified
    The new College of Engineering facility is 13% to 15% more efficient than code as a result efficiency technologies including heat reclamation from exhaust air, cooling of clean rooms using outside air in winter, occupancy controlled lighting and HVAC, high-efficiency lighting, and electricity and heating from a micro-turbine.  The roof has a photovoltaic solar array that produces 30kw of electricity for the building as well as a white roof membrane installed to reduce the heating load on the building in the summer months.  Over 75 electrical metering points track the building’s electrical usage.  More

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    Compton Family Ice Arena

    (203,000 GSF)
    Opened October 2011
    LEED Silver Certified
    The Compton Family Ice Arena, located south of the Joyce Center and north of Angela Boulevard, is the newest athletic addition to Notre Dame’s campus and designed to help meet the needs of the campus and regional community, as well as house the Notre Dame hockey program. The two-rink ice facility has a seating capacity of approximately 5,000 patrons (seated and standing room combined) on two levels.

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    Carole Sandner Hall: Alliance for Catholic Education

    (29,550 GSF)
    Opened May 2011
    LEED Gold Certified
    The new home of the Alliance for Catholic Education saves 172,000 kWh per year in electrical energy use versus a conventionally designed building. The building uses 60% less water and its irrigation system uses 59% less water than a traditional irrigation system design. 97% of the construction debris was diverted from landfill. One-quarter of the building’s nonmechanical systems were constructed using recycled materials and almost a third of the building’s nonmechanical systems were produced within 500 miles of the building. The building utilizes a fully integrated lighting control system that is capable of programming occupied hours to automatically shut off the lights during nonbusiness hours. Light fixtures automatically dim or grow brighter as the amount of sunlight increases or decreases in a particular space. More

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    Stayer Center for Executive Education

    (55,000 GSF)
    Opened March 2013
    LEED Silver Certified
    The new Center for Executive Education is located just south of Mendoza College of Business. The building includes five classrooms, 15 team breakout rooms, a dining area that can seat up to 240 people, a chapel, and offices.

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    Morris Inn Expansion and Renovation

    Opened August 2013
    LEED Gold Certified
    Originally opened in 1952, the Morris Inn underwent an extensive renovation and expansion during Summer 2013. The new Morris Inn features a heat recovery system, LED lighting in many areas throughout the building, and occupancy sensors that optimize ventilation rates for large spaces such as the new ballroom. More

  • Dunne & Flaherty Residence Halls

    Dunne and Flaherty Residence Halls

    (71,000 GSF per building)
    Opened July 2016
    LEED Gold Certified
    Dunne and Flaherty Residence Halls became the 10th and 11th buildings on campus to receive LEED certification, 7th, and 8th to receive LEED Gold respectively. Dunne is home to over 200 male students with Flaherty housing 226 female students. Both projects sourced more than 33 percent of the building materials from the local region and used materials with more than 20 percent of recycled content. Overall, each building was built to increase energy performance greater than 28% efficiency, which is more than required by code.  More

  • 2018 Mccourtney Leed Gold Adjusted

    McCourtney Hall

    (220,000 GSF building)
    Opened August 2013
    LEED Gold Certified

    McCourtney Hall became the 13th building on campus to receive LEED certification, and the 9th to receive LEED Gold. With the goal of earning LEED gold certification, the architects implemented sustainable building practices from concept to completion, sourcing 33 percent of the building materials from the local region and using more than 32 percent of materials with recycled content. The University repurposed 5,954 tons of asphalt millings and diverted 108 tons of paper and cardboard from landfills.  Read more about the McCourtney LEED Gold certification


Harris Family Track & Field Stadium

(10,600 GSF building)
Opened Spring 2017
LEED Silver Certified

Harris Family Track & Field Stadium became 4th building to receive LEED Silver certification and contains many sustainable features highlighting the University's efforts to build better, more efficient and sustainable facilities.  39 percent of the building materials were extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of campus, with 28 percent of those materials containing recycled content.  150 tons of construction waste was diverted from area landfills and will become recycled content for other building projects.  The project also included automatic lighting controls and LED lighting fixtures, resulting in the building using 34 percent less energy for interior lighting and 65 percent less energy for exterior lighting than current building code requires.


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