Design Principles

The university has developed a set of standards and guidelines to assist in the planning, design and construction of buildings on campus.

  • All buildings must provide features that enhance accessibility for all people, including accommodating persons with mobility and sight impairment.
  • Site and building development must be sustainable and responsible to the environment and address water efficiency, energy use, materials use, indoor environmental quality and cradle-to-cradle economics.
  • Building design should enhance and encourage sustainable practices.

Green Building Certification

To ensure high sustainability performance, the University of Alberta has certified several of the newest buildings under LEED and Green Globes. Many existing buildings are also certified using BOMA BEST. Learn more about these systems and see which buildings have reached silver and gold.

Go Deeper with SIMS

Sustainability Information Management System (SIMS) is a library of collects resources and materials related to sustainability features of University of Alberta buildings. It ensures that green building information is centralized, accessible and accurate. Members of the public, green building professionals and other institutions can request access to certain materials within SIMS to help further their own green building projects.

Please submit your request by email and include your name, organization, the information you are looking for and your intended purpose for the materials.

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