Buildings & Infrastructure

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation reported that US buildings consume 65% of the country's electricity, 12% of its drinkable water, and 40% of all raw materials.  Here at Johns Hopkins, though, buildings account for over 90% of our energy and greenhouse gas emissions, and over 80% of our water consumption.  In addition, buildings are where we live, learn, study, work, and eat, so they must be designed with exceptional attention to detail and must address health and productivity issues as well as environmental ones. 

To help guide our Architectural and Engineering staff, as well as outside contractors and vendors, the Office of Sustainability produced a High Performance Building Guidelines resource in 2014, as outlined as part of the Climate Change Implementation Plan. Given that the latest codes of design and construction are pushed to a higher level of energy performance, the JHU guidelines are now similar to code and requirements. Regardless, these guidelines and original ideas are still utilized in construction projects. Another measure for green buildings is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard.  Administered by the US Green Building Council, the LEED rating system is an international green building program that rates buildings on their environmental performance, and JHU requires a minimum of LEED Silver equivalent for new construction. 

LEED projects (completed or in progress) at JHU include:
  • Homewood, Gilman Hall
  • Homewood, Brody Learning Commons
  • Homewood, Cordish Lacrosse Center
  • Homewood, Undergraduate Teaching Labs
  • APL Building 200
  • APL Building 30
  • Bloomberg School of Public Health North Wing Renovation
  • Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for a Livable Future
  • Bloomberg School of Public Health, Lab Corridors W2600, W3700, W3600, and W3300
  • Bloomberg School of Public Health, Rangos Suite 600
  • Bloomberg School of Public Health, Hampton House, 9th Floor
  • School of Medicine, Miller Research Building
  • School of Medicine, Cancer Research Building I
  • School of Medicine, Cancer Research Building II
  • School of Medicine, Facilities Management Office
  • School of Medicine, Ross Reserach Building
  • Bayview 301 Building

Johns Hopkins University incorporates green building features in its new construction and renovation efforts, with special attention to measures that improve energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, and work environment (such as increasing natural daylighting and reducing VOCs). From an energy perspective, the University typically designs for high efficiency in new construction and renovations. An energy efficiency engineer evaluates energy systems and performs ongoing commissioning. The University also incorporates energy efficiency into capital and deferred maintenance planning to provide a long range outlook into possible upcoming projects. Another initiative the University has instituted is an MRO program in which purchases and contracts are grouped into a University plan which allows for cohension throughout the University with certain vendors and what they provide.  

Ideas in Action

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