Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.12
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date July 25, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Emory University
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.72 / 3.00 Kelly Weisinger
Assistant Director
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
1,611,225 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 431,295 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 494,190 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:

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

Year Building Name Gross Square Footage
2012 Longstreet-Means Residence Hall 114,000
2013 Oxford Road Building 58,000
2013 Hamilton Holmes Residence Hall 37,868
2013 Yerkes Dual Function Facility 19,417
2015 Elenore Raoul Hall 107,922
2015 Alabama Hall Renovation 24,000
2015 Atwood Chemistry Addition 71,300
2015 Oxford College Elizer and Murdy Halls 114,381
2016 Oxford College Science Building 55,000

2012 Claudia Nance Rollins Building 195,000
2013 Yerkes Integrated Research Addition 19,266
2013 Oxford College Language Hall Addition 7,440
2014 Oxford College Library and Academic Commons 29,501
2015 Health Sciences Research Building 211,961
2016 Candler School of Theology Phase II 67,963

Total certified in the last 5 years:
9 LEED Gold 601,888
6 LEED Silver 531,131

For a full list of Emory's total LEED certified building space of 3,162,801 gross square feet, please visit http://sustainability.emory.edu/html/dashboard/buildings-list.html

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:
606,740 Square Feet

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

Emory uses a combination of the Campus Master Plan and USGBC polices and guidelines for all types of construction. Emory's Buildings Design and Construction Standards contain specific sustainability requirements related to all of the below topics. http://www.campserv.emory.edu/pdc/documents/planning_construction/Emory_Design_and_Construction_Standards_website.pdf

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:

Effective 2002, Emory adopted the LEED Silver minimum certification level as its standard for all new construction. In 2016, the LEED Silver minimum standard was also adopted for major renovations.

Emory Healthcare renovations include infection control and safety of individuals in and around the projects, efficiency upgrades to HVAC units, motion-sensor lighting where possible, low flow water fixtures, and some carpets/flooring/furniture/paints/fabrics that comply with LEED standards.

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

All university capital projects are handled through the Campus Services department, which follows LEED certification criteria guidelines during the design and implementation process. Each capital project is also reviewed by the Committee on the Environment, which may make additional suggestions about improving the sustainability aspects of the project.

All new healthcare buildings are certified LEED Silver at a minimum, and all projects are monitored by leadership that is working to help Emory meet its Sustainability Vision goals.

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

Data reported for projects completed within the last five years (Fiscal Years 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016).

Emory holds the distinction of having one of the largest inventories by square footage of LEED-certified building space among campuses in America and has been a pioneer in the green building movement in higher education. In 2000, Emory’s Whitehead Biomedical Research Building became the first LEED-certified building in the Southeast, and the Goizueta Business School became the first Gold-certified LEED-EB (LEED for Existing Buildings) in the entire country in 2005. Since 2005 Emory has certified 33 buildings under the LEED program.

The Yerkes Field Station and Oxford College buildings are not included in this report because they fall outside of Emory's STARS reporting boundary.

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