NC State’s built environment is one of the most visible ways to showcase a commitment to sustainability. 

To ensure campus buildings are designed and constructed sustainably, the university committed that all new construction and major renovations are at minimum LEED Silver Certified.

The university’s Facilities Division, including Capital Projects Management, Design and Construction Services, Facilities Operations and the University Architect’s Office all have roles in integrating sustainability into building construction, operation and modification. Sustainability is also embedded in the university’s Physical Master Plan and University Construction Guidelines.

Energy Star Certified Buildings

NC State has several ENERGY STAR™ certified buildings that have met strict energy performance standards and use approximately 35 percent less energy and carbon dioxide emissions than a typical building. Carroll, Tucker and Sullivan residence halls, as well as the Venture Buildings on Centennial Campus, have been awarded ENERGY STAR certification . To qualify for the ENERGY STAR™ designation, a building or manufacturing plant must score in the top 25 percent based on the EPA’s national energy performance rating system .


tuckerhallSpace Management

Efficient use of space in existing buildings reduce the need to construct new buildings. That’s why NC State has a robust space management initiative that tracks how campus building space is used and how space utilization can be maximized. Beginning in fall 2013, software will link office and research lab space with specific users of that space, revealing any underutilized space that could be repurposed for another campus use.

Green Roofs

Green roofs incorporate a vegetative layer onto a rooftop, resulting in benefits such as reduced energy use, improved stormwater quality and decreased air pollution. NC State green roofs are located at Engineering Building III, JC Raulston Arboretum, James B. Hunt Jr. Library, Talley Student Union and Wolf Ridge Student Apartments.