Definition of a Sustainable Building

The University of Washington implements environmental stewardship and sustainability principles and practices in the development and management of buildings and capital projects.  Sustainable building is an integrated framework of design, demolition practices, construction, and operations that encompasses the environmental, economic, and social impacts of buildings.  Sustainable design includes an integrated design approach that maximizes the following:

  • Efficient management of energy and water resources
  • Management of materials and waste
  • Providing a non-toxic indoor environment for the health and well being of building occupants
  • Protection of the outdoor environment and reinforcement of natural systems
  • Providing alternative options for transportation modes and trip reductions through communication technology
  • Offers beauty and inspiration to elevate our spirits and enrich people's lives
  • Incorporate best practices and management procedures to establish goals, educate, and inform future projects

SustainAbilities Scorecards and Case Studies

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202979 Kane Hall Elevator #166 Improvements

203321 IMA Roof

203414 UWMC BB312 Radiology Records Renovation

203396 South Campus Center School of Pharmacy Office and Lounge

203061 Child and Family Wellbeing Center

201385 UW Medical Center Expansion

203273 Fleet Services Slab Repair

203547 HSC B503 Lab Conversion to Office Suite                                          

203539 Bryants Building Police Department Temporary Upgrades          

203579 UWB UW1 and UW2 Enrollment Reconfiguration