Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.58
Liaison Dennis Carlberg
Submission Date April 26, 2017
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Boston University
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.39 / 3.00 Dennis Carlberg
Associate Vice President for University Sustainability
BU Sustainability
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Does the institution have any building space certified under the following green building rating systems for new construction and major renovations?:
Yes or No
LEED or another 4-tier rating system used by an Established Green Building Council (GBC) Yes
The DGNB system, Green Star, or another 3-tier GBC rating system No
BREEAM, CASBEE, or another 5-tier GBC rating system No
The Living Building Challenge No
Other non-GBC rating systems (e.g. BOMA BESt, Green Globes) No

A brief description of the green building rating system(s) used and/or a list of certified buildings and ratings:

Boston University incorporates sustainable building practices into small renovations and large construction projects alike. Building design and construction takes a broad spectrum of green building strategies into account. To accomplish this, the University uses the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Certification System to track opportunities in transportation, site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, waste reduction, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. New construction projects will meet LEED Certification standards.
Historically, completed projects at BU include 654,335 square feet of LEED Certified space, of which 86% has achieved LEED Gold.
The values provided for eligible and certified building area exclude projects that are registered and successfully tracking for certification, but have not yet completed the process through LEED Online.


Total floor area of eligible building space (design and construction):
886,391 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 4-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level (e.g. LEED Certified) 0 Square Feet
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) 0 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 546,703 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 3-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level 0 Square Feet
Mid-Level 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 5-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level 0 Square Feet
4th Highest Level 0 Square Feet
Mid-Level 0 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space certified Living under the Living Building Challenge:
0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at any level under other green building rating systems for new construction and major renovations:
0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that was designed and constructed in accordance with green building policies or guidelines but NOT certified:
0 Square Feet

A copy of the guidelines or policies :
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The date the guidelines or policies were adopted:
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A brief description of the green building guidelines or policies and/or a list or sample of buildings covered:

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A brief description of how the institution ensures compliance with green building design and construction guidelines and policies:

In collaboration with sustainability@BU, Facilities Management & Planning identifies goals, opportunities and best practices to reduce the environmental impact of new and existing buildings through increased resource efficiency, improved indoor environmental quality, material selection, and operational procedures.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Continually updating building design and construction guidelines
- Improving overall efficiency in buildings, grounds and operations
- Reducing the use of limited and non-renewable resources
- Improving the indoor environmental quality for new and existing buildings
- Recommending pilot programs and projects to test and verify the proposed strategies, policies and procedures


The website URL where information about the institution’s certified buildings and/or green building design and construction guidelines or policies is available:

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