Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.72
Liaison Christie-Joy Hartman
Submission Date May 12, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

James Madison University
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.08 / 3.00 Gary Shears
Director
Engineering and Construction
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
809255 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 259671 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 549584 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:
100

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

Effective October 2009, all new building construction or major renovations are required to achieve LEED Silver certification, per JMU Policy 1703 and the Commonwealth of Virginia regulations. Here is a list of buildings certified within the past five years:

Biosciences Building, LEED Silver
Duke Hall, LEED Silver
UREC Addition, LEED Silver
University Park, LEED Silver
Grace Street Apartments, LEED Silver
Student Success Center, LEED Gold


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:
0 Square Feet

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

Policy 1703
Sustainable Construction

Date of Current Revision: November 2016
Primary Responsible Officer: Director, Engineering and Construction
1. PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to outline requirements and procedures for ensuring the use of sustainable building practices in the design and construction of new or renovated university facilities.

2. AUTHORITY

The Board of Visitors has been authorized by the Commonwealth of Virginia to govern James Madison University. See Code of Virginia § 23.1-1600. The Board has delegated the authority to manage the university to the president.

3. DEFINITIONS

Green Globes:
An online green building rating and certification tool that serves as an alternative to LEED. This system is owned and operated by the Green Building Initiative and is used in the United States and Canada. This system seeks to assess a building’s environmental and energy performance by creating improvement plans throughout various stages of project delivery, providing certifications and awards for green building design and management.

HECOM:
The Higher Education Capital Outlay Manual as developed by James Madison University

HPBA:
The High Performance Building Act, which became Virginia law in 2012, requires executive branch agencies to meet VEES, LEED or Green Globes standards in all new public buildings where construction is greater than 5,000 square feet or in renovations when the cost to renovate exceeds 50 percent of the building’s value.

LEED:
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction.

VEES:
The Virginia Energy Conservation and Environmental Standards. Developed by the Department of General Services and outlined in section 6.1.3.C of the HECOM.

4. APPLICABILITY

The policy applies to all departments and all facilities that are owned by the university.

5. POLICY

New construction and renovation of buildings shall be performed in accordance with the High Performance Building Act as outlined in section 6.1.3 of the JMU HECOM Specifically, when entering the design phase for: 1) construction of a new building greater than 5,000 gross square feet in size, or 2) renovation of a building where the cost of renovation exceeds 50 percent of the value of the building, the new construction and/or renovation shall be designed and constructed in accordance with either LEED, Green Globes or VEES as outlined in the JMU HECOM.

6. PROCEDURES

Facilities Planning and Construction will follow procedures outlined in Section 6.1.3.1 of the JMU HECOM.

7. RESPONSIBILITIES

The Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance is the final approving authority for all aspects of major new construction and renovation projects.

The Director of Engineering and Construction is responsible for ensuring that proper action is taken to accomplish all necessary work related to new construction or renovation. In addition, the Director of Engineering and Construction is responsible for reviewing all non-capital major projects and all major maintenance projects and ensuring the compliance of those projects with this policy.

The Director of Facilities Planning and Construction is responsible for reviewing all capital projects, whether new construction or renovation, and ensuring the compliance of those projects with this policy.

8. SANCTIONS

Sanctions will be commensurate with the severity and/or frequency of the offense and may include termination of employment.

9. EXCLUSIONS

None.

10. INTERPRETATION

The authority to interpret this policy rests with the President and is generally delegated to the Director of Engineering and Construction.

Previous version: July 2014
Approved by the President: October 2009


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 policy on Sustainable Construction provides guidance for ensuring the use of sustainable building practices in the design and construction of new or renovated university facilities. In the past five years, there were no uncertified building projects.


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

The Facilities Engineering & Construction Department ensures the Sustainable Construction Policy is followed for all applicable campus construction projects.


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