What is LEED?

Pursuing U.S. Green Building Council's Top Certification

The new teaching and research winery and the August A. Busch III Brewing and Food Science Laboratory at the Mondavi Institute at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science has obtained Platinum-level LEED certification.

This means that UC Davis’ newest facility is rated at the highest level possible for lessening environmental impacts. In fact, UC Davis has the first Platinum-level winery in the world.

These environmental building standards, developed in 1994, are called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The certification level is determined by energy savings, water efficiency, carbon-dioxide emissions reduction, indoor environmental quality, wise use of resources, and sensitivity to the impact of the building on the surrounding environment or community.

The certification process is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council as a voluntary, consensus-based standard. The goal is to support and certify successful green building design, construction, and operations.

Certification Levels

Certified – 40-49 points
Silver – 50-59 points
Gold – 60-79 points
Platinum – 80 points and above

  • Points are awarded on a 100-point scale.
  • Credits are weighted to reflect their potential environmental impacts.
  • 10 bonus credits are available, four of which address regionally specific environmental issues.
  • Buildings must satisfy all prerequisites and earn a minimum number of points to be certified.

UC Davis' Record for sustainable construction