Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.19
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date July 14, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Colorado College
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 3.00 George Eckhardt
Campus Planner
Facilities Services
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
25,910.01 Square Metres

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

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 Metres
LEED BD+C Gold or at the 2nd highest level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 0 Square Metres
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 Metres
LEED BD+C Silver or at a step above minimum level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 0 Square Metres
LEED BD+C Certified or certified at minimum level under another GBC rating system 0 Square Metres

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 Metres

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:

Colorado College has used the LEED rating system in the past, which gives credit to buildings based on five primary categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, materials & resources, and indoor environmental quality. The College has two buildings that meet LEED certification requirements: The Russell T. Tutt Science Center (certified in 2003) and the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center (gold-level certified in 2008). Both of these buildings are past the eligibility date required by STARS.


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:
25,910.01 Square Metres

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

New buildings, additions to existing buildings, or existing building renovations should minimize building life-cycle costs, direct and indirect, relating to energy use, maintenance, waste disposal and occupant health & productivity. Life-cycle costs should be based on a “whole-building perspective”, rather than from the perspective of individual building systems or components.


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 college sustainability design guidelines manual “Facility Life-Cycle Design Guidelines for Sustainability, Rev. December 21, 2016”. These sustainability design guidelines have been incorporated as a chapter into the “Colorado College Facility Design Guidelines Manual, October 2014; revised June 2016”. The purpose of the Facility Life-Cycle Design Guidelines for Sustainability is to provide design teams with clear and concise guidance related to sustainable design expectations. Opportunities for achieving energy and water use reductions should be identified by design and engineering professionals in every construction or renovation project and considered for implementation based on life-cycle cost savings, impact on reaching carbon neutrality, and the importance of demonstrating social responsibility by supporting the college core values and taking a leadership role in nurturing the ethic of environmental sustainability. College buildings which were constructed or renovated in the last 5 years covered under these adopted green guidelines include; Cheryl Schlessman Bennett Children’s Center, 2012 (9,249 SF), El Pomar Sports Center, 2012-2013 (143,610 SF), Slocum Hall, 2013, (79,143 SF), and Spencer Center, 2014, (46,890).


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

The college ensures compliance with these green building design and construction guidelines by requiring project consultants and contractors to use and apply the guidelines, beginning at the earliest phases of project design and construction documentation. The consultants for current new construction and renovation projects (the library renovation and addition project and the east campus housing project) were given these green design and construction guidelines and the ultimate goal for both projects is to design for net-zero energy operations of the buildings through high performance energy efficiencies and the use of renewable energy sources.

These additional factors encourage green building design: the institution’s core values include commitment to sustainability; the Strategic Plan addresses sustainability goals; the Design Review Board and Campus Sustainability Council review Design and Construction projects to encourage consideration of sustainable opportunities and goals to achieve the institution’s goal of carbon neutrality be 2020.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The full Facility Design Guideline Manual 2014 has been condensed for the purpose of the STARS report. The full manual can be found at:

https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/facilities/plan-design-ops-maint/design-construction-guidelines/

Facility Life-Cycle Design Guidelines for Sustainability:
https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/facilities/energy-management/guidelines-for-sustainability.html

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