Since the 1980's, Pepperdine has actively sought, evaluated, and implemented sustainable elements into campus enhancement projects while designing buildings according to, among other things, the criteria of "lifecycle" cost and energy efficiency. In addition to the sustainable elements incorporated into University facilities described below, energy performance standards go beyond code for all buildings.
The Eden Project
This innovative project is Pepperdine's most extensive foray into sustainable building to date. Sigma Hall, a sophomore residence, was renovated Summer 2015 to create a "sustainable living-learning environment." Renovations include rooftop photovoltaic cells, energy-efficient LED lighting, vacancy sensors, low-flow fixtures, and many other enhancements.
New and Remodeled Building Elements
Both new construction and remodel projects are assessed for ways to incorporate sustainability into the facility. Not every measure is included in every building, but where feasible and complementary to the facility's purpose, such measures are incorporated. These include:
- Installation of high-efficiency fluorescent and LED lighting
- Following topographic slopes to reduce grading
- Providing more efficient climate control systems
- Tinting windows with solar reflective film
- Installing water efficient low flow toilets and showers
- Using optimal solar orientation and energy efficient glass
- HVAC and light motion sensors and timers
- Low VOC paints
LEED Accredited Staff
The founding director of Pepperdine's Center for Sustainability, Rhiannon Bailard, holds a LEED accreditation from the United States Green Building Council, which allows her to counsel the University on sustainable building practices. LEED accreditation, knowledge of sustainable building, and the ability to feasibly incorporate such measures is a consideration in the hiring process of architects for upcoming campus enhancement projects.