Sustainable Environment

In recent years, UNT System has committed to building all of its new facilities to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, which were developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to provide builders a framework and standards for green building. Building schools to high environmental standards not only saves the state and community money with reduced energy usage, but the buildings and designs are being incorporated into students' education and provide long term building sustainability.

Three 100kw wind turbines produce onsite renewable energy

Plumbing fixtures were selected that offer lower-flow characteristics to help reduce over 50% of the need for potable water.

Over 20% of products used in the construction of the stadium were made with recycled content or produced and manufactured locally.

Low emitting materials such as adhesives, sealants, paints, and flooring help improve the indoor air quality of the stadium.

The contractor diverted at least 75% of construction materials from landfill through recycling.

UNT implements green operations and procedures for cleaning and maintenance of the stadium.

The building features locally-sourced materials, including limestone quarried in Cedar Park and brick from Denton's own Acme plant.

Aluminum sunshades reduce solar gain at Level 3 facades.  Level 3 cantilevers out as much as 50 feet beyond the levels below, effectively acting as a large sunshade for the lower levels.

The BLB is located within one quarter mile of campus and public stops.

Educational materials and pamphlets are available for all building users to learn of the sustainability features of the BLB and site.

Secure bicycle storage and shower facilities have been provided for cyclists.

At least 75% of construction waste was diverted from landfills, including the demolition of a former dormitory.

Water for irrigation comes from excess water generated by a cooling tower and collected in a cistern in a nearby building.

Highland Street Parking Garage, UNT

Highland Street Parking Garage, University of North Texas, Denton

Highland Street Parking Garage, UNT

Highland Street Parking Garage, University of North Texas, Denton

The site features an outdoor gathering space surrounded by a recharge zone, which has a special soil mix to filter sediments and particles to purify the water before it is collected in a cistern.  The cistern system supplies 100% of the water needed for irrigation.

Landscaping materials consist of native and adapted plants, which require less than half as much water as traditional landscaping.

Sustainable building products were made from recycled materials like Gypsum Board, Terrazo, Steel, Concrete, and Aluminum windows

Precast concrete and aluminum shades reduce solar gain on the south facade.

Native, drought-tolerant landscape plantings with drip irrigation systems are used to reduce water usage.  High-efficiency chillers, boilers, cooling towers, and air handlers reduce electricity and natural gas usage.

High levels of lighting control as well as effective use of daylighting reduces the need for electricity use in light fixtures.

Low VOC paints, coatings, and carpets as well as CO2 sensors to monitor air quality promotes occupant comfort and productivity.

30% annual energy cost savings are accomplished through a highly efficient mechanical system, automatic light sensors, and passive strategies such as solar shading, low-E glass and a highly reflective roof.