On May 2013, the energy efficiency certification of the University of Cyprus administration building "Anastasios G. Leventis" was completed. The certification was accomplished thanks to the collaboration of University members. The energy efficiency was calculated using the Cypriot software iSBEM-cy that provides an analysis of a building's energy consumption. The energy efficiency evaluation process classified the building in the energy class "C", which corresponds to a consumption of 341 KWh / m2 per year.

The sustainability factor of the building's life cycle was evaluated through the international standards BREEAM and LEED (see below for more information). The results classified the building on the maximum scale of sustainability "Gold" and “Very Good” in the LEED and BREEAM certificates respectively.

The Administration building "Anastasios G. Leventis" combines classic systems with high-tech solutions, meeting many of the sustainability parameters that the two certificates pertain to. As a result, the building represents a strong environmental character, laying the foundations for further improvement. The building is even expected to reach the highest rank "Platinum" and “Excellent” in LEED and BREEAM scales after the implementation of a short-term action plan whichconsists in the conservation of the surrounding area, the promotion of alternative ways of transport, the adoption of a policy for the optimal waste management and the integration of the use of renewable sources. _Original text by E. Polychronidou, C. Charalambous and D.G.E. Grigoriadis_

##Complementary information:
The creation and implementation of the certificates focuses on the main pillars of sustainability, as identified in the Brundtland report and the methodology "Cradle to Cradle"of William McDonough.

LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”. It was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 1998 in order to help building owners and operators to be environmentally responsible and to use resources efficiently. It has four levels of certification: Certified (40-49 points), Silver (50-59), Gold (60-79) and Platinium (≥80).

BREEAM stands for “BRE Environmental Assessment Method”. It was developed by the BRE (Building Research Establishment) in the UK in 1988. BREEAM allows to assess and certify the sustainability of buildings, on a scale of “Pass”, “Good”, “Very Good”, “Excellent” and “Outstanding”.

##Sources

[Original text ](http://www.ucy.ac.cy/ir/documents/IR_Newsletter/Nov2013/Social_Contribut... "" )
[LEED's official page ](http://www.usgbc.org/LEED/Project/CertifiedProjectList.aspx "" )
[BREEAM's official page](http://www.breeam.org/ "" )