CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) — The University of Virginia’s Rotunda has received a Silver LEED Certification. LEED, an international review system, stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
“LEED certification is a third-party rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council,” said Andrea Trimble, the sustainability director at UVA. “UVA is particularly unique in that we are really taking advantage of our historical preservation opportunities as well as our sustainability opportunities for projects.”
Along with UVA’s Pavillions 9 and 10, the Charlottesville landmarks are the only UNESCO Heritage sites in the world to achieve this recognition.
“To our knowledge, UVA has the only LEED-certified UNESCO world heritage buildings in the world and we have three of them,” said Trimble.
The Rotunda underwent significant renovation from 2012 to 2016. Officials say LEED certification was on their minds from the very start.
“This project was committed to it in the beginning from the earliest phases of design,” said Trimble. “The team knew that sustainability would be important to the project and that LEED certification would be part of the process.”