Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.30
Liaison Stephen Ellis
Submission Date May 31, 2024

STARS v2.2

Boston University
OP-3: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.57 / 3.00 Stephen Ellis
Director, Data Analytics
BU Sustainability
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space:
703,472 Square feet

Floor area of eligible building space designed and built in accordance with published green building codes, policies, and/or rating systems:
Floor area
Certified at the highest achievable level under a multi-attribute GBC rating system for design and construction (e.g., LEED BD+C Platinum or Certified Living Building) 348,748 Square feet
Certified at the 2nd highest level under a 4- or 5-tier, multi-attribute GBC rating system for design and construction (e.g., LEED BD+C Gold) 260,342 Square feet
Certified at mid-level under a 3- or 5-tier, multi-attribute GBC rating system for design and construction (e.g., BREEAM Very Good) 0 Square feet
Certified at a step above minimum level under ar 4- or 5-tier, multi-attribute GBC rating system for design and construction (e.g., LEED BD+C Silver) 0 Square feet
Certified at minimum level under a multi-attribute GBC rating system for design and construction (e.g., LEED BD+C Certified) 0 Square feet
Certified/verified at any level under a multi-attribute, non-GBC rating system for design and construction, a green building code, or a single-attribute rating system for design and construction 0 Square feet
Designed and built in accordance with a multi-attribute green building code, policy, guideline, or rating system, but not certified/verified 90,598 Square feet
Designed and built in accordance with a single-attribute green building code, policy, guideline, or rating system, but not certified/verified 0 Square feet
Total 699,688 Square feet

Percentage of newly constructed or renovated building space certified under a green building rating system for design and construction:
86.58

A list of new construction and major renovation projects that indicates the green building code, policy/guideline, or rating system that applies to each building:

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 1.7 million square feet of LEED Certified space, of which 89% has achieved LEED Gold and Platinum. 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. The values cover FY2019-FY2023.


An inventory of new construction and major renovation projects that indicates the green building code, policy/guideline, or rating system that applies to each building:
Website URL where information about the institution’s green building design and construction program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

This represents FY2023 BU Metrics.


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