Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.69
Liaison Barbara Kviz
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Carnegie Mellon University
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.41 / 3.00 Janice Held
Project Manager
Campus Design and Facility Management
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
545,400 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 466,400 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 79,000 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:
100

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

New building spaces (constructed in last 5 years) on campus that meet the LEED certification criteria and/or are registered for LEED certification include;
Silver NC 3.0
2016 Cohon University Center Addition
Silver CI 3.0
Doherty Hall Renovation MSE

Gold CI 3.0
Hammerschlag Hall

Gold NC 3.00
Hamburg Hall phase 2
Scott Hall
4721 Fifth Avenue
Tepper Quad Facility


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

The University has committed to adopting the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating
system for all new construction and significant renovations. All such projects shall be designed and constructed so that they will
meet the current version of the LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations (LEED-NC) standard. In addition the
university has established the goal of achieving a minimum of a LEED Silver rating whenever possible.

Less extensive renovations shall utilize the LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) rating system as applicable to their defined
scope of work. For example, a project that is exclusively painting might only be eligible for a single LEED point under the
Low-Emitting Materials, Paints, and Coatings section of the LEED-CI rating system and would be expected to meet the
requirements for that point. As the scope of a project broadens, associated sections of LEED-CI would apply.


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 No

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

XX037 ADOPTED STANDARDS
The University has committed to adopting the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system for all new construction and significant renovations. All such projects shall be designed and constructed so that they will meet the current version of the LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations (LEED-NC) standard. Also the University has established the goal of achieving a minimum of a LEED “Silver” rating.
Less extensive renovations shall utilize the LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) rating system as applicable to their defined scope of work. For example, a project that is exclusively painting might only be eligible for a single LEED point under the Low-Emitting Materials, Paints and Coatings section of the LEED-CI rating system and would be expected to meet the requirements for that point. As the scope of a project broadens, associated sections of LEED-CI would come into play.


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

By contract, with the university, Design Consultants apply university Design and Construction Standards to their work on university projects.

If Design Consultants identify circumstances in which, in their professional opinion, either the university or their internal customers or their projects themselves would be better served by waiving the application of any aspect of the Design and Construction Standards, they must seek formal approvals to continue with design services that do not apply certain of those Design and Construction Standards to their work.

To obtain such waivers, Design Consultants are asked to put their requests in writing addressed to their university Project Manager (PM) assigned to their projects. PMs submit these written applications for waivers to the Director of Design in the university’s Campus Design and Facilities Development (CDFD) organization, or to the University Engineer in the university’s Facilities Management Services (FMS) organization, or to both (depending on the nature of each proposed waiver) for review and response. Copies of waiver requests also go to the Associate Vice Provost (Associate VP) for CDFD, to the PM’s supervisor (the Director of Construction for CD&FD), and to Customer Representatives (CRs) for the projects involved.

The Director of Design in the University's CD&FD organization or University Engineer or both approve or reject waiver applications in writing and transmit them to the PM, with copies to the Design Consultant, to the Associate VP for CD&FD, to the supervisor and to the CR. Design Consultants or CRs may appeal rulings on waiver applications to the Associate VP.

The Associate VP reviews appeals of proposed waivers and either approves or denies them, with advice from the PMs and the supervisor, and from other interested parties not directly involved in the appeal. Associate VP decisions are put in writing and transmitted to the appellant (Design Consultant or CR), with copies to the other interested party and to the University Architect/Engineer, to the PM, and to the supervisor.

Waiver requests provide useful insights into the effect of the Design Guidelines. Over time, they may prompt confirmations of, or changes to, the Design Guidelines.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The building space data provided can be verified at "Carnegie Mellon Factbook 2016-2017 Campus Space, Facilities, and Services"
https://www.cmu.edu/ira/factbook/facts2017.html

All new projects over $5M at Carnegie Mellon University are required to achieve at least a LEED Silver rating.

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