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These pages will outline UMass Lowell's sustainability work in buildings. Topics explored in these pages will include:

Deferred Maintenance 

UMass Lowell Strategic Capital Program FY2014 to FY2018

Deferred maintenance is the collection of postponed repairs in order to save costs, and meet budget funding levels. In 2010 and 2011, UMass Lowell completed a facility condition assessment to provide a review of each building, project costs, and top needs for all facilities. The report showed that the campus deferred maintenance (DM) requirement is approximately $450 million.

LEED Construction / Design Standards 

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)

It is a certification process that spreads environmental awareness to architects and contractors when constructing buildings. The design incorporates energy-efficient, water-conserving buildings with sustainable materials. There are four levels in which projects can be rated by: certified, silver, gold, and platinum. They are rated by nine key features:

  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Location and Linkages
  • Awareness and Education
  • Innovation in Design
  • Regional Priority

Total space for sustainable design and construction: 591,662 SF; buildings included are Leitch & Bourgeois, Fox Hall, the Health & Social Sciences Building, University Crossing, and University Suites.

LEED Certified Buildings:

Building NameLEED CertificationYearScorecard Link
Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center (ETIC)Gold20132013 LEED Scorecard
Health and Social Sciences Building (HSSB)Silver20162016 LEED Scorecard
McGauvran CenterSilver20162016 LEED Scorecard
Pulichino Tong Business Center (PTB)Gold20172017 LEED Scorecard
University CrossingSilver20162016 LEED Scorecard
University SuitesSilver20152015 LEED Scorecard

Design Highlights for Buildings that are currently being certified as LEED Buildings but not yet certified:

  • Perry Hall Renovation Highlights (Currently in Construction Phase):
    • Building Reuse: The project reuses significant portion of an existing building, retaining much of the shell and core of the building providing significant savings in building lifecycle carbon.
    • Envelope Upgrades: The renovation provides a major envelope upgrade, including insulating existing exterior walls, replacing all existing single pane windows with thermally broken-triple glazed window assemblies, and incorporates a new white roof to reduce heat island effect on the campus by reflecting summer sunlight instead of absorbing heat.
    • Site Improvements: The project is a key part in re-imagining the north campus landscape, providing a new entry located along student circulation paths to encourage healthy walking lifestyles. The project also incorporates low-maintenance, drought resistant landscaping which does not require irrigation.
    • Water Use Reduction: The project utilizes low-flow plumbing fixtures for its needs, resulting in a 38% reduction in potable water use.
    • Materials: Finishes and materials for the project were selected with a focus on providing materials with a low environmental impact, including:
      • 10% of all materials used on the project are sourced from recycled materials
      • 10% of the project materials are anticipated to have been manufactured and extracted from within 500 miles of the site.
      • More than 50% of the wood used on the project will be sourced from Sustainably Managed Forests.
      • Low-emitting paints, sealants, adhesives and flooring specified throughout the building
      • No added urea formaldehyde used in composite wood products.
    • Healthy Environment: A majority of the regularly occupied spaces have been designed with access to daylighting and views. The building also allows for high levels of lighting control for building occupants to adjust their personal environment, and Carbon Dioxide sensors to optimize amount of outside air provided in the building. Building maintenance will incorporate a green cleaning program to maintain clean Indoor Air Quality.
    • Energy Efficient Design: The project incorporates a variety of energy saving and efficient strategies for building systems, including the following:
      • Energy recovery systems on building exhaust and economizers included on air handling systems to take advantage of free-heating from exhaust and lower overall energy use.
      • HVAC and Lighting Systems result in an energy savings of 15% and a 26% reduction in Greenhouse gas emissions
      • The project utilizes high efficiency, low-flow fume hoods for research needs, to better manage energy used by exhaust systems.
      • LED lighting is used throughout the building contributing to energy savings and less mercury use in the building.
      • Refrigerants used in building systems specified with low-global warming and ozone depletion potentials.
    • Construction Waste Management: The construction of the project is executed in a way that minimizes the project’s impact on the site – managing runoff and waste infiltration in the area. Through careful monitoring of construction waste, 75% of all waste from the project will be recycled and diverted from landfills.
  • Coburn Hall Renovation Highlights (Note: Construction starting and design is wrapping up so all details are not finalized):
    • Target LEED v4 Silver Certification
    • High thermal performance for the envelope of the addition
    • Adding the building on our Building Automation System and will include zoning with off-hour modes
    • Energy efficient LED lighting
    • Occupancy Sensors
    • Low-flow plumbing
    • Maintain good air quality through low-VOC materials
    • Divert Construction and Demolition waste from landfills
  • Bourgeois (124,928 SF include Leitch)(designed to meet LEED silver)
    • 77% certified wood by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), low VOC paints, energy efficient lighting w/ occupancy sensors, low flow fixtures, high performance glazing and building envelope, condensing boilers, heat recovery and valance units.
  • Leitch (124,928 SF includes Bourgeois) (designed to meet LEED silver)
    • FCS wood, low VOC paints, energy efficient lighting w/occupancy sensors, reuse of existing buildings, low flow fixtures, new flooring with high recycled content.
  • Fox Dining Hall (17,000 SF) (designed to meet LEED silver)
    • low flow toilets and faucets, LED lighting, high efficiency kitchen equipment, low VOC materials, FSC certified wood table tops, recycled content in carpet, sustainable casework, a pulper to convert food/paper waste to compost.


The Accelerated Energy Plan(AEP) is a three-year initiative that aims to cut energy costs among 700 selected sites across Massachusetts, including the University, by making them more energy efficient. Under the program, the state’s Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) will make improvements to 35 buildings on the North, East and South campuses. These include Olney Hall, the Inn and Conference Center (ICC) and the South Campus Heating Plant.

Green Housecleaning 

UMass Lowell began using Diversey products for safe environmental cleaning. As a result, the University became the first in New England to received the GreenGuard Healthy High Performance Cleaning Certified Provider recognition.

Design Standards - Energy Efficiency Plan 

Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) UMass Lowell - Building Energy Consumption

UMass Lowell's Accelerated Energy Program (AEP) Performance Contract began in the 2015 fiscal year as a campus wide energy program to save a total of 25% of all energy in buildings (annual utility usage reductions of 483,000 therms, 5.75 MWh, and 2.5 Million gallons water).

UMass Lowell - Energy Design Build Project (

Important Facts:

Anticipated Annual Savings: Electricity (kWh) - 5,749,662, Natural Gas (therms) – 482,621, Water Usage (gallons) - 2,507,364, CO2 (metric tons) - 4,963

Project Details:

This DCAMM Accelerated Energy Program project addresses an ambitious set of energy, water and greenhouse gas reduction goals. Once complete, this project will improve student learning environments, optimize facility operations, and demonstrate the University’s commitment to becoming an agent for change both on campus and across the broader community of this Massachusetts Gateway City.

Project Highlights:

Following is a list of major equipment that has been selected for this project:

  • Lighting upgrades and daylighting
  • Comprehensive HVAC Upgrades, including boilers and chillers
  • New Energy Management System
  • High Efficiency Motors and Variable Speed Drives
  • Solar PV carport
  • Solar Thermal

Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) UMass Lowell -Clean and Renewable Energy

The following is a list of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects:

  • Solar PV arrays at Costello – 336 panels (59 kW)
  • Bourgeois – 220 panels (38.4 kW)
  • Dugan – 396 panels (69 kW)
  • Leitch - 220 panels (38.4 kW)

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