As planning continues to advance toward Wake Forest University School of Medicine’s Charlotte campus seating its first class in 2025, designers and engineers are working to ensure the Howard R. Levine Center for Education will be state-of-the-art, including building the facility to a carbon-zero and LEED Gold standard, while also achieving a WELL Building Standard.


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Zero Carbon certification refers to optimal efficiency in building construction and operation and avoiding emissions from energy consumption. LEED Zero Carbon “recognizes net-zero carbon emissions from energy consumption through carbon emissions avoided or offset over a period of 12 months.” According to the International Well Building Institute, the WELL Building Standard “takes a holistic approach to health in the built environment addressing behavior, operations and design…measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.”

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