Green Buildings

Green Buildings and Sustainable Design Standards

The Dallas County Community College District is a proponent for energy efficient design and green buildings.  Buildings have a significant impact on our environment, accounting for 1/6 of the world's freshwater use, 1/4 of the world's tree harvest, and 2/5 of the world's materials produced.  Learn more about DCCCD Sustainable Design standards on the DCCCD Facilities Management and Planning web site


North Lake College has three LEED Certified buildings on the Central Campus.  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a program of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) that certifies buildings in eight different categories:

(1) Location & Transportation

(2) Sustainable Landscaping

(3) Water Efficiency

(4) Energy & Atmosphere

(5) Materials & resources

(6) Indoor Environmental Quality

(7) Innovation

(8) Regional Priority


Science Building (C Building)

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The Science Building was certified as LEED Silver in 2010 under version 2.2 standards for commercial interiors and scored a 35 out of 69 possible points in the following categories:

  • Sustainable Sites, 7 of 14 possible points
  • Water Efficiency, 2 of 5 possible points
  • Energy & Atmosphere, 5 of 17 possible points
  • Materials & Resources, 7 of 13 possible points
  • Indoor Environmental Quality, 11 of 15 possible points
  • Innovation, 3 of 5 possible points

Please visit the USGBC LEED Scorecard of the Science Building to learn more about its green features. 


Student Life Center (H Building)

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The Student Life Center was certified as LEED Silver in 2013 under version 2.0 standards for commercial interiors and scored 28 out of 57 possible points in the following categories:

  • Sustainable Sites, 5 of 7 possible points
  • Water Efficiency, 2 of 2 possible points
  • Energy & Atmosphere, 3 of 12 possible points
  • Materials & Resources, 6 of 14 possible points
  • Indoor Environmental Quality, 9 of 17 possible points
  • Innovation, 3 of 5 possible points
Please visit the USGBC LEED Scorecard of the Student Life Center to learn more about its green features. 


Continuing Education & Workforce Development Center (L Building)

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The Continuing Education & Workforce Development Center was certified as LEED Minimum in 2009 under version 2.0 standards for commercial interiors and scored 24 out of 57 possible points in the following categories:

  • Sustainable Sites, 1 of 7 possible points
  • Water Efficiency, 2 of 2 possible points
  • Energy & Atmosphere, 5 of 12 possible points
  • Materials & Resources, 6 of 14 possible points
  • Indoor Environmental Quality, 7 of 17 possible points
  • Innovation, 3 of 5 possible points
Please visit the USGBC LEED Scorecard of the Workforce Development Center to learn more about its green features. 



North Lake College Energy and Water Conservation Practices

  • Annual 5% improvement goal of energy efficiency and consumption
  • Automated lighting controls for corridors, offices and parking lots
  • Ongoing energy audit of all campus buildings 
  • Computer labs power down overnight
  • Energy-efficient VFD drives on all mechanical drives for air-handling units and pumps
  • Carefully maintained daily temperature points: 75° F (summer) and 70° F (winter)

  • All storm water runoff is collected in our 3.5-acre lake and reused for irrigation