Texas Tech has joined the green construction in Texas movement by committing to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s third party rating system. There was never any doubt that the new Rawls College of Business high-tech building would be a first-rate facility with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, but the university has decided to make this building a model for future construction projects.The LEED® certification rating system is based on points earned for projects that must address six specific criteria:• Sustainable sites• Water efficiency• Energy and atmosphere• Materials and resources• Indoor environmental quality• Design innovationThe Rawls College building has specifically addressed parking by designating that 5% of the total vehicle parking space will be reserved for fuel-efficient cars. The U.S. Green Building Council sets standards for these Zero Emission vehicles based on the California Air resources Board. Bicycle racks will be placed intermittently along the campus bus route in hopes of encouraging and promoting the use of public mass transit.Water conservation is a top priority of the new site. Landscaping plans have been designed to minimize storm water runoff. The plantings will require low maintenance and thrive in the South Plains climate. Restrooms will utilize waterless urinals and low-flow toilets. Water consumption will be reduced by 30%.Window treatments are designed to capture views of the Lubbock campus. All newly installed windows will be energy-efficient and will allow for substantial quantities of natural light that will greatly lower the building’s heating and cooling costs.A well-conceived and organized recycling system has been designed for the technology center’s regular day-to-day operations. LEED® certification requires designated recycling areas within the building. During the demolition process, copper pipes and steel rebars have been recycled at metal salvage yards rather in disposed in landfills. Reclaimed concrete and brick was crushed and used for backfill on the new site as well as on other Texas Tech University sites. Technology and green construction have arrived in Lubbock!