Sustainability Standards

Sustainability Standards - Oct 26, 2009

The purpose of this document is to define UIC’s Sustainability requirements. The document establishes standards that are to be used as guidelines for our own in-house engineers and for outside architectural and engineering firms that are retained by the University. Since this is a living and growing document, it will undergo many revisions before it matures. This fact means that when an outside professional firm is awarded a University architecture or engineering project, the firm needs to secure, or check for, the latest copy of OCP’s Building Standards. In the event that you have any questions or suggestions regarding these standards, please call the Office of Sustainability at (312) 996-3968.


Incorporate a minimum of 10% recycled materials, calculated using the sum of the post consumer content plus half the per-consumer content, based on the cost of these materials. Use locally produced/manufactured products, not compromising on quality and cost. Based on cost, incorporate 2.5% rapidly renewable materials in to the total materials cost as practically as possible.

Construction Waste Management

The University requires that at least 50% of non-hazardous construction waste and demolition debris is recycled and where possible it is desirable for up to 75% to be recycled. Documentation to substantiate this must be provided during the waste removal process.

Integrated Design

This section is specific to projects over 10,000 Sq. Ft. Use a collaborative, integrated planning and design process that: Initiates and maintains an integrated project team as described on the Whole Building Design Guide web site in all stages of a project’s planning and delivery. Establishes performance goals for siting, energy, water, materials, and indoor environmental quality along with other comprehensive design goals and ensures incorporation of these goals throughout the design and life-cycle of the building. Considers all stages of the building’s life-cycle, including deconstruction.


This section is specific to projects over 10,000 sq. ft. Employ total building commissioning practices tailored to the size and complexity of the building and its system components in order to verify performance of building components and systems and help ensure that design requirements are met. This should include a designated commissioning authority, inclusion of commissioning requirements in construction documents, a commissioning plan, verification of the installation and performance of systems to be commissioned, and a commissioning report.


Office of Sustainability
University of Illinois at Chicago
1140 S. Paulina St.
Rm. 112, MC 996
Chicago, IL 60612-7217
P. 312-996-3968