LEED Gold for Natural History Building

LEED Gold for Natural History Building

The historic Natural History Building on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus recently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council following a four-year renovation designed by LCM.

Using a number of sustainable strategies, LCM’s design focuses on energy efficiency, occupant comfort, and preservation of the building’s historic character.


  • 43% of existing structural and envelope systems salvaged and reused.
  • Reactivated skylights, interior windows, and transoms to capture natural light.
  • New mechanical systems, designed to improve indoor air quality, focus on airside heat recovery, reduced transport energy, and demand control.
  • Many original interior wood and stone elements salvaged and reused; construction Waste Diversion was 76.2% for the total project.
  • Focus on reducing lighting density and/or high efficiency products; LED lighting and occupancy sensors predominate.
  • Low VOC paint and adhesives throughout.
  • Durable materials with recycled content; GREENGUARD certified carpet and furniture in many spaces; new flooring is bamboo.


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