Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.52
Liaison Gina Talt
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Princeton University
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 3.00 Patricia Devine
Sustainability Architectural Engineer
Office of Capital Projects
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
1,419,311 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:

Princeton has pursued two LEED certifications:
The High-Performance Computing Research Center was certified as LEED Gold.
The 701 Carnegie Building was certified as LEED Gold.

Additionally, many University buildings were constructed to be LEED equivalent, although they are not certified. A sampling of these buildings include:
Andlinger Center for Energy of the Environment – LEED Silver Equivalent
Lakeside Graduate Housing – LEED Silver Equivalent
Frick Chemistry Building – LEED Silver Equivalent


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:
1,419,311 Square Feet

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

Princeton University Facilities Department Design Standards Manual ensures that every new construction and major renovation achieves campus sustainability goals including significant energy cost reduction versus comparable off-campus buildings. These standards require Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) of major building systems, as well as consideration of the building's educational and research potential in sustainability problem solving.

Princeton University Facilities Department has a series of campus initiatives, polices, guidelines and practices through which its buildings are designed and constructed. They include:

1) Impacts on the Surrounding Site
• One of the University’s Guiding Principles for Future Expansion, as articulated by the Administration in 2003, is to “build in an environmentally responsible manner - a manner which is sensitive to geography, sensitive to energy and resource consumption and works to sustain strong community relations.” As such, the University is also mindful of the local and migratory bird populations by encouraging design strategies that promote bird safe building design. [See Section 1.2 in the Facilities Department Design Standards]

• As described in the new Campus Plan, the University will set priorities for protecting, restoring, and enhancing the wetlands, streams, and habitats of the campus, particularly around Lake Carnegie. The planning framework provides guidance on development around these areas. Proposed strategies include protecting the University’s highest quality habitat areas, enhancing their connectivity to adjacent habitats along Lake Carnegie and stream corridors, and restoring the health of habitat areas where exotic and invasive species are predominant.

2) Energy Consumption and Metering, Water Consumption, Life Cycle Guidelines
• In addition, new construction and major renovation projects will benchmark against a LEED silver rating. The University will determine if formal project certification will be sought [Section 3.3. in Facilities Department Design Standards]
• See Sustainable Energy Initiatives and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies:
https://facilities.princeton.edu/sustainable-campus/sustainable-energy
3) Indoor Environmental Quality
https://ehs.princeton.edu/
https://ehs.princeton.edu/environmental-programs/indoor-air-quality


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

Princeton University employs a dynamic design and review process between its outside consultants and internal technical teams. The Facilities Design Standards Manual (through which the design teams are contracted to comply) prescribes a series of review meetings with internal and external team members to review the project status and ensure compliance with the standards and integrative design process. There is also a sustainability charrette early on in the process which is followed up by a series of LCC, envelope and energy model workshops.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Additional Links:
Design Standards Manual: https://facilities.princeton.edu/sites/facilities/files/DSM.pdf

Campus Plan: https://campusplan.princeton.edu/

Eligible Buildings:
• Lakeside Graduate Housing 573,306 SF
• Neuroscience & Psychology 258,566 SF
• Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment 147,181 SF
• Storage 20,789 SF
• Economics & International Building 223,422 SF
• Childcare 21,901 SF
• Lewis Center for the Arts 174,146 SF

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