Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.02
Liaison Beth Klein
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

State University of New York at Cortland
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.56 / 3.00 Matt Brubaker
Energy Manager
Facilites Operation adn Services
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
494,097 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 64,665 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 148,000 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:
43.04

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

SUNY Cortland has governing policies which require all renovated facilities to be LEED-NC Silver certifiable and all NEW facilities to be LEED-NC silver certified buildings. In the past 5-years, we have exceeded the LEED-NC Silver certification level with one building achieving Platinum.


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:
237,671 Square Feet

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

The linked document is to the guiding memo related to Executive Order 88 for all SUNY system campuses which came into affect in December 2012. The other guidance document is defined by Executive Order 4 which defines Green Procurement for all New York State Agencies of which SUNY Cortland is part of.


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:

SUNY Cortland has adopted sustainable design guidelines as defined by Executive Order (EO) 04, 18, and 88. The three orders focus on various aspects of the life cycle and the process of design and construction as well as maintenance and other specific performance metrics. EO4 (2008) focuses on core aspects of sustainable / green procuement. Based on guidence specifications related to this type of procuement, it has had an impact on design and maintenance. EO18 (2009) focuses on water conservation. EO88 (2012) focues on energy efficiency.
EO88 directs all state agencies, which SUNY Cortland is part of the SUNY agency, to reduce overall energy use intensity by 20% by 2020 when compared to the 2010-2011 baseline year. SUNY Cortland is approximately 14% of the way towards this goal with several projects under construction curretnly which will have an impact. EO18 effectively requires the elimination of bottled water. EO4 defines guidelines for carbon emissions and climate action planning as they related to buildings and operations.


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

Both campus and the State University Construction Fund oversee any construction on the campus and an independent Commissioning Consultant are retained on the larger projects to assure compliance. The Certificate of Occupancy are held if is not in compliance.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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