Buildings & Energy

Suffolk University occupies 10 buildings in Downtown Boston. To maintain and improve our portfolio, we employ building standards for new construction and large renovations consistent with LEED standards. This ensures new projects are designed to not just surpass industry level efficiency but to support human health through improved air quality and active design.

Design Standards for New Construction & Large Renovations

45% of Suffolk's owned square footage is LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification), and as additional projects are taken on, they are built with the same guiding principles. With this effort, our LEED spaces and beyond feature:

  • Sustainable Site: urban land, public transportation, walkable, underground parking
  • Water Efficiency: low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Energy & Atmosphere: efficient or commissioned HVAC equipment, LED lighting, Energy Star rated efficient appliances, restroom hand dryers, destination control elevators
  • Materials & Resources: diverting construction waste, regional material selection, certified wood, recycled content materials
  • Indoor Environmental Quality: smoke-free buildings, low-emitting paint/flooring/furniture
  • Additional Operational Highlights: bottle filling stations, ADA signage, accessible staircases to incentivize using stairs

Completed Projects

Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)

What are RECs?

  • These are contractual products that represent the environmental benefit of one megawatt-hour of renewable electricity generation
  • Suffolk's support a wind farm in Texas, making our electricity grid greener
  • 25% of Suffolk's electricity consumption is offset by funding offsite wind farms