Solar panels that top the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons.
Georgia Tech has literally written the book on sustainable building practices; the Georgia Tech Yellow Book (pdf) is a document unique to the Institute that guides architects and engineers in the process of designing new buildings, building additions and renovations to existing buildings, and incorporating utility and transportation infrastructure improvements.
Since 2009, all new construction and renovations are built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold standards.
As of May 2013, Tech has the following LEED-certified buildings at various levels.
- Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons
- Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory
- Klaus Advanced Computing Building
- Zelnak Center
- Women’s Softball Complex
- Hinman Research Building
- North Avenue Apartments
- Old Civil Engineering Building
- Scheller College of Business
- Joseph B. Whitehead Building (Stamps Health Services).
Others are LEED registered and await certification, including two fraternity houses, and still more have been renovated, constructed or are in the process of being designed or built that meet LEED standards. The Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons is topped with more than 300 solar panels and a green roof garden.
Georgia Tech's College of Architecture, College of Engineering and the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) offer extensive educational and hands-on research opportunities in green building. In 2007, students placed sixth in the prestigious Solar Decathlon, an international competition among 20 universities to design, build and operate an 800-square-foot, solar-powered house.