Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.74
Liaison Moira Hafer
Submission Date June 28, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Stanford University
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Moira Hafer
Sustainability Specialist
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) :
999,101 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):
999,101 Square Feet

Percentage of newly constructed or renovated building space certified under a green building rating system for design and construction:

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

In 2010, California adopted green building standards into its building code. Known as CALGreen, these standards have minimum mandatory sustainability requirements to which all buildings in California are required to be designed and built. CALGreen also provides optional sustainability standards, Tier One and Tier Two, which are respectively more stringent than the mandatory measures. All of Stanford’s new buildings are designed and constructed to CALGreen Tier One standards (the second highest level) and certified by Santa Clara County. More information on CALGreen is available at http://www.bsc.ca.gov/Home/CALGreen.aspx

Stanford's Knight Management Center, home to the Graduate School of Business, was certified LEED-NC Platinum in 2011. A brief description of the physical campus can be found on the Our Campus page of the Graduate School of Business website: https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/stanford-gsb-experience/life/campus. Because it was not constructed within the last 5 years, the square footage of the Knight Management Center is no longer included in the calculations for this credit.

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:
0 Square Feet

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

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:

In its existing Guidelines for Sustainable Buildings, Stanford lists its project targets as 30% below Title 24 and 25% below code-allowed water consumption. In addition to complying with these guidelines, Stanford’s new buildings are now being designed to meet a whole-building energy performance target. The target is unique to each new building, but based on performance of existing campus buildings of the same space type. Each new building is targeted to perform better than the peer buildings that were built before it. For descriptions of some of the "greenest" buildings on Stanford's campus, please visit http://sustainable.stanford.edu/green-buildings.

Stanford has also invested significant resources over the last several years in building out its Arts district, which includes buildings focused on the mindset of the user inside. From museums, such as the new Anderson Collection and the new McMurtry Building, to contemplative centers like Windhover Pavilion, these buildings not only incorporated key sustainability features in their construction, but they also contribute to the overall health, wellness, and vibrance of the campus community. For instance, Windhover is a contemplative center located in the heart of campus accessible to Stanford students, staff and faculty. Art by Nathan Oliveira inspired both its name and its construction, turning Windhover into an elegant and natural space.

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

Title-24, California's Green Building Standards, and Santa Clara County all set sustainability standards with which Stanford must comply. In order to comply with these standards, a LEED-NC equivalency analysis is performed on each new building project and submitted to appropriate jurisdictions. On every project, Stanford allocates budget to include high-efficiency transformers, sophisticated energy management systems, and building-level energy and water metering, among other components.

Stanford's Department of Project Management is responsible for the development, design and construction of major capital projects at Stanford University. DPM reports to the Associate Vice President for Academic Projects and Operations within Land, Buildings, and Real Estate, and includes professionals with backgrounds in architecture, engineering, construction and cost management. These professionals serve as Project Managers and Project Engineers, Quality Assurance Field Inspectors, and Project Coordinators, who work as a project team that involves multiple stakeholders to ensure the successful delivery of facilities that support the University’s academic mission. Together with its colleagues in the departments of Sustainability and Energy Management and Buildings and Ground Maintenance, DPM strives to employ life cycle cost analysis and sustainability measures in the delivery of all capital projects.

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