Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.63
Liaison Karen Oberer
Submission Date Aug. 22, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

McGill University
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.51 / 3.00 Philippe St-Jean
Sustainability Construction Officer
Facilities Operations and Development
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
18,210.50 Square Metres

Floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space certified Living under the Living Building Challenge:
0 Square Metres

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 Metres
LEED BD+C Gold or at the 2nd highest level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 18,210.50 Square Metres
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 Metres
LEED BD+C Silver or at a step above minimum level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 0 Square Metres
LEED BD+C Certified or certified at minimum level under another GBC rating system 0 Square Metres

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 Metres

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:

Currently, the Life Sciences Complex is the only LEED New Construction (NC) Gold Certified building on campus. Work is ongoing to ensure LEED certification of new constructions. Perhaps of greater importance for McGill is the assurance that existing buildings are compliant with LEED Operations + Management (O+M) and/or LEED Existing Buildings (EB), as new constructions are make up a much smaller proportion of all buildings on campus. For more information about these projects and policies, please visit: http://www.mcgill.ca/buildings/files/buildings/mcgill_green_build_standards.pdf


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:
100 Square Metres

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

McGill University is committed to environmental stewardship and promote the implementation of sustainable design concepts. Many of these concepts are incorporated directly into various sections of the McGill Design and Technical Standards. It is the University’s expectation that sustainable solutions that require little or no additional cost to the project be included in the design, unless a reason why this is impractical is clearly identified. This section addresses additional requirements and resources with respect to sustainable design and LEED requirements. (Taken from http://www.mcgill.ca/buildings/files/buildings/mcgill_green_build_standards.pdf)
This document was developed by Facilities, Operations and Development (FOD) and McGill’s Office of Sustainability to guide all actors of construction/renovation projects on McGill buildings. This standard follows principles of the University’s Environmental Policy (2002) and the Sustainability Policy (2010).


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 No

A brief description of the green building guidelines or policies and/or a list or sample of buildings covered:

McGill's Green Building Standards establish the requirements for University construction/renovation projects according to project type (ranging from minor projects to new buildings/building-wide full-gut renovations impacting more than 50% of building space). A full copy of the standards is available on the website (https://www.mcgill.ca/facilities/design/green-building-standards).


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

There is a legal requirement. If there is a variance it requires approval; if changes are made without approval, the University has recourse from the contracts for professionals and contractors who do not respect the McGill requirements - they are held legally responsible up to the cost of replacement.


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