Sorority Houses Achieve LEED Silver Rating
Latest Sorority House Renovations Also Achieve LEED Silver Rating
UPDATE: With the completion of the renovations of the seven sorority houses at the University of Maryland, in the area known as the “Graham Cracker,” two more houses have received the LEED SILVER rating. The Alpha Phi house and the Phi Sigma Sigma house both join the two other chapters mentioned below in this prestigious ranking. In addition, both houses were the first on campus to receive new, state-of-the-art geothermal heating and cooling systems as part of their renovation. This designation demonstrates not only the commitment of the University to smart, sustainable design and maintenance practices, but also the support of our alumni, who were so closely involved in both projects.
The recently completed renovations of the Sigma Delta Tau and Delta Phi Epsilon sorority houses, which are owned by the University of Maryland, have received a LEED Silver rating. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) promotes sustainable building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance.
The renovations were managed by the Department of Facilities Management and the Department of Residential Facilities. LEED Design support was provided by the firm Design Collective, Inc. The Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life along with both sororities worked together to ensure that proper practices were planned and utility selections made that provided points towards the LEED certification.
Congratulations to everyone involved!