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Liaison Debbie Andres
Submission Date Aug. 26, 2016
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San Jose State University
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Debbie Andres
Utilities & Sustainability Analyst
FD&O
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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 for New Construction and Major Renovations


Total floor area of eligible building space (design and construction):
503884 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) 0 Square Feet
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) 0 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 306992 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) 0 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:
196892 Square Feet

A copy of the guidelines or policies :
The date the guidelines or policies were adopted:
May 20, 2014

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

The following statement is taken from the CSU Sustainability Policy: The CSU shall design and build all new buildings and major renovations to meet or exceed the minimum requirements equivalent to LEED “Silver.” Each campus shall strive to achieve a higher standard equivalent to LEED “Gold” or “Platinum” within project budget constraints. Each campus may pursue external certification through the LEED process. (2005-New; 2014-Revise)

The CSU has been a proponent of energy conservation and other sustainability measures and has had established policies since 1978. This proposed revised policy is broader than prior policies and more inclusive of all areas of the university community. The policy aims not only to reduce the university’s impact on the environment and educate our students, faculty and staff on sustainable practices, but also to incorporate sustainability principles and climate science in our educational offerings.


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

SJSU's Facilities Development & Operations has 3 departments, the Utilities, Sustainability and Energy unit, the Planning, Design and Construction unit, and the Maintenance and Operations unit. Each department is responsible for complying with the CSU state-wide energy and sustainability policies in their respective fields. Each CSU is a self permitting entity and the Planning, Design and Construction department ensures each new building and major renovation is planning at least to the CSU minimum of silver before issuing construction permits. We are now aiming for at least Gold in our most recent buildings.


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

Gold certified is Student Union.
New buildings built but not certified are Student Wellness and SPX/YUH.

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