Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 88.00
Liaison Sam Lubow
Submission Date Feb. 22, 2019
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) :
645,045 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):
645,045 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:

To evolve as an academic enterprise, Stanford strives to create nimble structures that empower cross-disciplinary collaboration and spark new approaches to solve urgent problems. To do so, the university must maintain its leadership in sustainable buildings and accelerate application of sustainability practices in the built environment. 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. Examples of notable projects are listed below.

Stanford's largest construction project to date, due to open in 2020 to house 2,400 graduate students — will feature an innovative design for its waste collection that will maximize waste diversion throughout the complex. All four EVGR buildings will feature one of the first four-stream chute systems in the country —one each for landfill, plastic/metal/glass, paper, and compost. In each chute location, the landfill chute will be located closest to the door, followed by plastic/metal/glass, paper, and compost at the far end. This design aims to avoid contamination of the compost stream for those who may not be paying attention or sorting properly. Students will also be able to get free compostable bags from a dispenser in the chute room. The four stream chute system will open into compactors for each stream on the ground floor. This area will feature a screen outside that allows students to see first-hand where their waste is ending up. The compactors are also equipped with sensors that will display on the screen how much waste the buildings residents are generating and how they are doing at meeting the university's diversion goals. Cardboard collection will also be available in all of the buildings' mail rooms.

Another interesting example is Kingscote Gardens. While Kingscote Garden is not technically a new building on campus—in fact, at 100 years old it is among the oldest—the extensive retrofit project that wrapped up in 2018 involved comprehensive updates to almost all aspects of the building, transitioning it from residential to office space for ten different university programs. The retrofit project included updates to the structure of the building to meet seismic safety standards, as well as high-efficiency equipment upgrades across its energy and water fixtures and systems. The building also now includes a shower, to support and encourage those who bike to work. Retrofitting old buildings instead of building new ones is a representation of sustainability on a grand scale.

For more descriptions of some of the "greenest" buildings on Stanford's campus, please visit: http://sustainable.stanford.edu/green-buildings

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 (DPM) 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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