Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Oct. 20, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Pennsylvania State University
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.07 / 3.00 Shelley McKeague
Environmental Compliance Specialist
Engineering Services
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Does the institution have any building space certified under the following green building rating systems for new construction and major renovations?:
Yes or No
LEED or another 4-tier rating system used by an Established Green Building Council (GBC) Yes
The DGNB system, Green Star, or another 3-tier GBC rating system No
BREEAM, CASBEE, or another 5-tier GBC rating system No
The Living Building Challenge No
Other non-GBC rating systems (e.g. BOMA BESt, Green Globes) No

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

LEED Certified Buildings
Stuckeman Family Building - Gold
Forest Resources Building - Silver
Medlar Field at Lubrano Park - Certified
Recreation Hall Addition - Gold
Borland Building - Gold
Student Health and Counseling Services Building - Silver
North Frear Building - Silver
Lewis Katz Building - Certified
Millennium Science Bldg - Gold
Child Care at Hort Woods - Platinum
Softball Park - Certified


Total floor area of eligible building space (design and construction):
630,179 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 4-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level (e.g. LEED Certified) 146,416 Square Feet
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) 67,089 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 388,611 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) 28,063 Square Feet

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Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 5-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
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Floor area of building space certified Living under the Living Building Challenge:
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Floor area of building space that is certified at any level under other green building rating systems for new construction and major renovations:
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Floor area of building space that was designed and constructed in accordance with green building policies or guidelines but NOT certified:
0 Square Feet

A copy of the guidelines or policies :
The date the guidelines or policies were adopted:
Aug. 1, 2007

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

All new and renewed facilities shall be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. LEED Certification shall follow the current version of the "PSU Policy based on LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations” .


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

Penn State uses LEED as a tool to ensure green principles are applied to all new construction and major renovation. Specific requirements are outlined in the Design Standards, Section 01 81 13 Sustainable Design Requirements. Penn State's LEED Policy customizes the LEED process by prioritizing the implementaion of sustainable elements that are most important to the University. The Office of Physical Plant (OPP) oversees and coordinates the design and construction of all new construction, renovation and major maintenance projects for the University Park Campus. OPP has 14 LEED Accredited Professionals and 3 LEED Green Associates. Compliance is ensured through the design and construction process led by LEED professionals and design review by LEED professionals in Engineering Services. The LEED certification process itself provides third-party verfication that the building was built using green strategies.


The website URL where information about the institution’s certified buildings and/or green building design and construction guidelines or policies is available:

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