The Ohio State University launched its new Sustainable Design and Construction Policy in February 2021.

  • All construction projects now incorporate more sustainability elements based on project type, project scope, jurisdiction and budget, and require suppliers to be more transparent around sourcing, material content and the carbon footprint of materials.
  • One exciting example of the impact these standards have already had is the under-construction inpatient hospital that’s diverting 86 million pounds, or 39,000 tons of materials — which translates to 98% of the waste materials being recycled.
  • Another promising case study is at Outpatient Care New Albany, where the building is meeting its energy use intensity target goals and offering sustainable design strategies such as daylighting to improve the employee and patient experience.