Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.16
Liaison Kylee Singh
Submission Date Sept. 19, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California Polytechnic State University
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 3.00 Eric Veium
Energy & Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Management & Development
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
190667 Square Feet

Floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space certified Living under the Living Building Challenge:
0 Square Feet

Floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space certified at each level under a rating system for design and construction used by an Established Green Building Council (GBC) :
Certified Floor Area
LEED BD+C Platinum or at the highest achievable level under another rating system 0 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Gold or at the 2nd highest level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
Certified at mid-level under a 3- or 5-tier GBC rating system for design and construction (e.g. BREEAM, CASBEE, DGNB, Green Star) 0 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Silver or at a step above minimum level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Certified or certified at minimum level under another GBC rating system 0 Square Feet

Floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space certified under a non-GBC rating system for design and construction (e.g. Green Globes NC, Certified Passive House):
0 Square Feet

Percentage of newly constructed or renovated building space certified under a green building rating system for design and construction:
0

A brief description of the green building rating system(s) used and/or a list of certified buildings and ratings:
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Floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space that is NOT certified, but that was designed and constructed in accordance with published green building guidelines and policies:
190667 Square Feet

A copy of the green building guidelines or policies :
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The green building guidelines or policies:

Cal Poly uses the United States Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system to guide sustainable design of new buildings, renovations, and operations. As per CSU policy, all new facilities are designed to be equivalent to a minimum LEED Certified level, with the goal of each project achieving LEED Silver or higher. Since state general funds may not be used to pay for certification, the University attempts to find alternate sources of funding for LEED certification of each project.

The square footage listed for this credit is for yakʔitʸutʸu, a student apartment complex, which will undergo LEED certification once the solar installation is complete. The project is expected to achieve LEED BD+C Gold if not Platinum.


Do the green building guidelines or policies cover the following?:
Yes or No
Impacts on the surrounding site (e.g. guidelines to reuse previously developed land, protect environmentally sensitive areas, and otherwise minimize site impacts) Yes
Energy consumption (e.g. policies requiring a minimum level of energy efficiency for buildings and their systems) Yes
Building-level energy metering Yes
Use of environmentally preferable materials (e.g. guidelines to minimize the life cycle impacts associated with building materials) Yes
Indoor environmental quality (i.e. guidelines to protect the health and comfort of building occupants) Yes
Water consumption (e.g. requiring minimum standards of efficiency for indoor and outdoor water use) Yes
Building-level water metering Yes

A brief description of the green building guidelines or policies and/or a list or sample of buildings covered:

The yakʔitʸutʸu building construction is complete as of September 2018 and the complex is in the process of finalizing LEED certification. It is expected to achieve LEED BD+C Gold if not Platinum in early 2020.


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

LEED gold certification was certified in the contract before design and construction began on this project.
Cal Poly uses the United States Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system to guide sustainable design of new buildings, renovations, and operations. As per CSU policy, all new facilities are designed to be equivalent to a minimum LEED Certified level, with the goal of each project achieving LEED Silver or higher.

Since state general funds may not be used to pay for certification, the University attempts to find alternate sources of funding for LEED certification of each project. Cal Poly was awarded LEED Silver certification of the Faculty Offices East building in 2008 and LEED Gold certification of the Poly Canyon Village student housing project in 2009, resulting in over 25% of the campus square footage being LEED certified. Poly Canyon Village is the largest LEED certified project in the CSU. In addition, Cal Poly has a number of LEED Accredited Professionals within the staff of Facility Services and Facilities Planning.

By state law, all new construction and renovation projects in California must comply with Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards. Title 24 sets minimum efficiency standards for the building envelope (roofs, walls, doors, windows, and insulation systems) as well as building energy and water systems including HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), lighting systems, and plumbing systems. The latest edition of Title 24, issued in 2005, sets the highest energy efficiency standards in the nation. Cal Poly, as per CSU Executive Order 987, must design new buildings to exceed Title 24 by a minimum of 15%. Renovations must exceed Title 24 by a minimum of 10%.


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