Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.89
Liaison Julie Newman
Submission Date Oct. 23, 2018
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.57 / 3.00 MIT Office of Sustainability
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
2,040,907 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 161,974 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Gold or at the 2nd highest level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 274,718 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:
21.40

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

The MIT Sustainable Design Standards are based on LEED v.4 and require a minimum of Gold Certification for all new construction and major renovation projects. In addition to the buildings and renovations completed in the last 5 years, the MIT campus has 436,692 SF of LEED Certified / Silver / Gold / Platinum space on campus.


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:
1,604,215 Square Feet

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

The MIT Sustainable Design Standards are an internal resource that addresses the below topic areas in the following ways:

Site - MIT is an urban campus. All development occurs on previously developed land. Recent planning studies have focused on how to improve the campus landscape, improve the management of stormwater, decrease heat island effects, and optimize open spaces on campus. The MIT Sustainable Design Standards, requiring LEED v.4 with minimum of Gold Certification for new construction and major renovation, include the achievement of some site credits. Additional planning efforts and studies are intended to set development guidelines that exceed LEED requirements and will support a healthy landscape and a resilient campus.

Energy Consumption - The MIT Sustainable Design Standards are based on LEED v.4 and require a minimum of Gold Certification for all new construction and major renovation projects, including points for optimized energy performance.

Building Level Metering - A Measurement and Verification Plan is required for LEED projects with consideration for the following; 1. Building Level metering for all major energy and water systems, including electricity, natural gas, chilled water, steam, hot water, domestic water and irrigation. 2. Submeter by end use all systems that consume more than 10% of building energy. 3. Submeter significant uses such as large kitchens, data centers, labs, innovative technology strategies, or as directed by MIT. 4. Identify additional requirements and monitoring goals for operational management, programmatic needs and user engagements. 5. Integrate metering strategies with building fault detection systems.

Materials - The MIT Sustainable Design Standards, requiring LEED v4 minimum Gold, require projects pursuing LEED to satisfy Materials and Resources credits including Building Product Disclosure and Optimization for; EPDS (Option 1, Explore Option 2), Sourcing or Raw Materials (Explore options 1 and 2), and Material Ingredients (Option 1, Explore Option 2). Projects are also required to pursue credits for Construction and Demolition Waste Management with a diversion rate of at least 90%.

Indoor environmental quality - The MIT Sustainable Design Standards, requiring LEED v4 minimum Gold, require projects pursuing LEED to meet credits for low-emitting materials in all categories as well as credits for daylight and views.

Water Metering - The MIT Sustainable Design Standards, requiring LEED v4 minimum Gold, require a Measurement and Verification Plan with consideration for the following; Building Level metering for all major energy and water systems, including electricity, natural gas, chilled water, steam, hot water, domestic water and irrigation.


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 MIT Sustainable Design Guidelines are intended to be used on every project, regardless of scale or scope. New Construction and Major Renovation projects reference the Sustainable Design Guidelines which require LEED v.4 certification. Limited Scope projects reference a streamlined version of the Sustainable Design Guidelines so that sustainability and high-performance design can be incorporated into projects of various sizes and scope.


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

The MIT Sustainable Design Guidelines are part of the MIT Design Standards which are provided to project teams for every new project. The MIT Office of Sustainability and the Systems Performance and Turnover Group, within the Department of Facilities, participate on the project teams to ensure that the Sustainable Design standards are utilized, and that appropriate sustainability and performance goals are identified for each unique project.


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