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Liaison Susan Powers
Submission Date Feb. 12, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Clarkson University
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Susan Powers
Assoc. Dir. 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:

LEED used as the best system for our buildings. Three buildings have been certified: Gold - Beacon Institute's Center for Environmental Innovation and Education (CEIE) (4000 sq. ft.; 2013); Gold - Technology Advancement Center (15,080 sq.ft.); Silver - Student Center (48,462). The Building and design standards call for all new buildings and major renovations to be built to LEED silver standards, even if not formally certified. Clarkson maintains its own Environmental Standards document for ALL new construction.


Total floor area of eligible building space (design and construction):
102847 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) 48462 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 19048 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:
35337 Square Feet

A copy of the guidelines or policies :
The date the guidelines or policies were adopted:
April 1, 2015

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

(date was most recent revision)
Environmental standards apply to all phases of project initiation, design and construction
Goal is to build to LEED Silver, & follow water use requirements of 1992 Energy Policy act: New buildings and significant renovations shall look to achieve at least a 20% energy reduction from ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1 -2013 (see details in Sustainability Planning)
The Theme houses were built to these standards (but were not LEED certified) Theme Houses


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

All new campus buildings and major renovations of existing campus building spaces are designed in accordance with green building guidelines to produce energy savings, lower the environmental impact, while producing a quality indoor environment. All new campus buildings and major renovation designs incorporate the latest lighting technology including LED parking and walkway lights, energy recovery systems, electronic water conserving control systems, high efficiency motors and VFD controls where applicable, and the building automation control and monitoring systems. Building envelope systems utilize high performance insulating materials and systems including high performance windows and roofing systems.

Review teams, including all stakeholders, are convened for every major renovation or construction project. These teams are the drivers for following the standards. The clerk-of-the-works is ultimately responsible for implementing the standard practices during construction.


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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