Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.70
Liaison David Gibson
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Hampshire College
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.11 / 3.00 Todd Holland
Projects and Operations Manager
Facilities & Grounds
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
19300 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 0 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:
0

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

Opened in 2016, the RW Kern Center is Hampshire's 17,000-square-foot living building, designed to operate net-zero energy and net-zero water by treating its own waste. Although it was designed and built to meet these stringent standards, including all materials having zero toxic "red list" content, it requires a year of net-zero energy and net-zero water operation before it is certified. Certification is expected in 2018.


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:
17000 Square Feet

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

Hampshire College's climate action plan makes a provision for high-performance buildings, with four key principles for newly-built space:
(1) A careful planning process,
(2) A "best in class" standard with regard to energy use,
(3) Student involvement in every phase of new building processes, and
(4) Inclusion of a renewable energy supply sufficient to meet the new building's energy needs.


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:

Hampshire will strive to build new buildings to a "best in class" standard with regard to
energy use. This standard will place particular focus on building envelopes, user and
operator controls, and right-sized mechanicals.

This process will follow an integrative design process that sets aggressive energy budgets and manages the process to those energy budgets just as projects are managed to a financial budget.


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

New building projects will be driven by a commissioning agent or sustainability consultant to be hired at the outset of each project to represent the College. The agent or consultant will be charged with and empowered to achieve the performance standards necessary to achieve "best in class" status.

New building projects will involve students in a meaningful way in every phase of the project from planning through design, construction and commissioning


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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One of the most impressive aspects of Hampshire's profile is the lack of physical expansion the campus has undergone in the last two decades. With its focus on utilizing existing space, Hampshire has been able to limit the growth of its campus carbon footprint, energy consumption, water use, etc.

Only 4% of present campus square footage is less than 20 years old, and over 80% is from the initial build-out between 1970-74, or existing buildings we acquired that were built earlier.

Certified projects: The RW Kern Center is the eighteenth building in the world to be certified according to the most stringent green building standard on the planet, the Living Building Challenge. This requires net-zero energy and net-zero water to be verified after a year of successful operation. Certification date: 30 March 2018

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