Located in Kunshan, China, Duke Kunshan University has become the first campus in the country to gain LEED accreditation
The university is the first Chinese campus to be certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) campus programme, with all five campus buildings certified according to LEED standards by the US Green Building Council. The project was consulted on by Faithful+Gould, a division of Atkins Group that was brought on board as building sustainability experts to help the university realise its aspirations.
The firm worked with the client and project team to develop and integrate green solutions into the planning, design, construction and operation of the campus buildings to reduce environmental impact at every stage of their life cycle. Key features of the university’s green initiatives include: incorporation of aquatic elements that see almost every rain drop absorbed, purified and reused; classrooms that are equipped with air filtration and carbon dioxide monitoring systems that automatically pump in fresh air; the use of low volatile organic compound (VOC) materials and 32 per cent coverage of the campus in oxygen-generating native plants.
Jack Guo, senior business development manager – Sustainability & Energy, said, "Duke Kunshan University wanted more than just a campus for its students – they wanted to create a first-class educational institution that's dynamic, collaborative and eco-friendly. Our team worked with our client, the various stakeholders and consultants to develop energy efficient and sustainable development plans and strategies that were both practical and measurable in delivery. We are thrilled that our aggressive efforts to support a sustainable campus have proven to be an energy-saving success story."