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LEED Rating System:LEED for New Construction
LEED Rating Version:2.0
Certification Level:Gold
Month Completed:01
Year Completed:2006
Client (School/Department):HBS

Project Highlights

  • 100% of electricity usage offset by Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
  • 73% reduction in irrigation water use
  • 41% reduction in domestic water use
  • 96% of construction & demolition waste diverted from landfills
  • 66% of materials manufactured regionally
  • 12% of raw materials harvested regionally

Project Summary

Wyss Hall (formerly Sherman Hall) is a 5,000 square foot office renovation completed in August 2006. The building is home to the Harvard Business School’s doctoral research programs. The renovation of the 75-year old building was made possible through a generous donation by Hansjeorg Wyss (MBA ’65), who has, among many other endeavors, facilitated the development of environmental management cases for the MBA program. Wyss is particularly committed to conservation and other environmental concerns and is a member of several environmental organizations, including the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, the Wilderness Society, and the Grand Canyon Trust. The school felt it especially appropriate that they honor Hansjeorg’s gift by making Wyss Hall an example of environmentally responsible design and construction.

The goal of the renovation was to provide a more attractive, comfortable, productive, healthy and environmentally friendly space for doctoral research. An additional goal was for Wyss Hall to become the second building at the Harvard Business School to achieve the US Green Building Council’s LEED Gold certification. The project used the LEED New Construction version 2.1 Rating System and was the first at Harvard to use LEED Online. Wyss Hall was awarded the LEED-NC Gold rating in November, 2007.