Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.77
Liaison Holli Fajack
Submission Date July 6, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California State University, Long Beach
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.89 / 3.00 Michael Gardner
Manager, Planning & Sustainability
Physical Planning & Facilities Management
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
281923 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 54197 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 177726 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:
82.26

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

Hillside Dining (Certified LEED Gold in 2016)
Liberal Arts 2, 3, & 4 (Certified LEED Gold in 2017)
Parkside Dining (Certified LEED Silver in 2014)
Hall of Science (Certified LEED Silver in 2013)

In addition to these buildings, CSULB's 109,727 square foot Student Recreation & Wellness Center received LEED Gold Certification in 2011. The square footage of that building is not included in the totals reported here because it was not certified within the last 5 years.


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:
50000 Square Feet

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

The university is subject to California Building Code, California Green Building Code, LEED Building Principles and Standards, CSU Executive Order 987, and the CSU Sustainability Policy.


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:

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) follows the 2010 California Green Building Standards Code (CAL Green), requiring all new buildings reduce water consumption, employ building commissioning to increase building system efficiencies, divert construction waste from landfills, and install low-pollutant emitting finish materials. CAL Green’s mandatory measures establish a minimum for green construction practices and incorporate environmentally responsible buildings into the everyday fabric of California cities without significantly driving up construction costs in a slow economy.

Additionally, CSULB is subject to the CSU Sustainability Policy, which mandates that all new buildings and major renovations meet or exceed minimum green building standards equivalent to LEED Silver and directs campuses to strive to achieve LEED Gold and Platinum ratings when possible. Prior to the adoption of the Sustainability Policy, CSULB followed the CSU Office of the Chancellor's Executive Order Number 987, which encourages campuses to continue to adopt an integrated design approach that includes sustainable materials and practices. It also requires new goals for energy conservation and the purchase and generation of renewable power.


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

Project plans are reviewed by a 3rd party plan check agency as well as the mechanical review board at the Office of the Chancellor.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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