Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.49
Liaison Amy Elvidge
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Emerson College
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.95 / 3.00 Duncan Pollock
AVP Campus Services
Campus Services
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
689450 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 382450 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:
55.47

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

Included in area:
LA Campus building - LEED Gold
Colonial building - LEED Gold
2 Boylston Place Building - LEED Gold

Not included:
Piano Row: 2006 construction, 185,000 square feet, LEED, one of the first two LEED residence halls in Massachusetts


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:
307000 Square Feet

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

The remainder of the space consists of:

Remodeled office space in floors of buildings we lease property from; one of the three buildings included is LEED O+M

All of our renovated building spaces, including on leased properties, must utilize energy and water efficient design and operation.

We were not able to meet LEED standards for out Paramount Center (residence hall, historic Paramount theatre, and classroom space) because of the historic theatre's energy requirements, which is housed within the Center. However, the Paramount Center was remodeled and constructed with the same resource efficiency standards as all of our LEED buildings. The Center went through renovation and construction and opened for use in 2010. The mechanical, electrical, and plumbing equipment and fixtures were chosen for their energy and resource conservation. The building was designed to meet Massachusetts energy code (https://www.mass.gov/service-details/building-energy-codes).


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:

All new building construction must be LEED B+D certified. All remodels and renovations, both in Emerson owned and leased spaces, must follow energy and water efficiency guidelines, requiring us to create resource saving infrastructure and resource saving technologies.


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

We have a construction department that works with architects and construction companies with oversight from Emerson senior leadership, USGBC and the City of Boston. All building renovation and construction plans must go through detailed monitoring to ensure compliance with the college's and city's green building policies.


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

Please see the attached for all construction on campus since 2011:

Climate Change Preparedness and Resiliency Checklist for New Construction

In November 2013, in conformance with the Mayor's 2011 Climate Action Leadership Committee's recommendations, the Boston Redevelopment Authority adopted policy for all development projects subject to Boston Zoning Article 80 Small and Large Project Review, including all Institutional Master Plan modifications and updates, are to complete the following checklist and provide any necessary responses regarding project resiliency, preparedness, and to mitigate any identified adverse impacts that might arise under future climate conditions.

For more information about the City of Boston's climate policies and practices, and the 2011 update of the climate action plan, A Climate of Progress, please see the City's climate action web pages at http://www.cityofboston.gov/climate

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