Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 38.83
Liaison James Vollrath
Submission Date Dec. 16, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Texas State University, San Marcos
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.27 / 3.00 James Vollrath
Director
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) :
1,625,029 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 177,076 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 270,503 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:
27.54

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

Undergraduate Academic Center - Gold
North Campus Housing - Silver
U.S. Green Building Council Guidelines


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:
889,464 Square Feet

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

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III. DESIGN GUIDELINES
3.02 Sustainable Design Principles:

A. High Performance Campus: Texas State is committed to building a campus of architectural, engineering, and environmental excellence. The university will strive to demonstrate good environmental stewardship by achieving Green Building Council objectives and following other nationally recognized sustainability principles and practices to achieve a high-performance campus cultivating a milieu for educational excellence. High performance campus building designs for new and existing buildings shall foster an enhanced sense of pride and excellence in higher education by creating efficient human scale facilities designed for a collaborative working and learning environment. Through careful planning and design, high performance new and existing buildings will contribute to producing a high performance educational environment that:
• Engages students in learning
• Leads and teaches by example
• Instills a sense of pride and ownership
• Fosters positive environmental stewardship
• Promotes a sense of safety and security for students, faculty, and staff
• Promotes pedestrian-friendly, multi-modal transportation alternatives
• Builds connections between the university and the community

The high-performance campus building designs shall implement energy conservation strategies, which save the university money, exhibit sound sustainability principles for students, and create enhanced learning environments. The university will lead and educate by example, demonstrating good environmental stewardship by adopting design standards and maintenance practices that reduce energy consumption, preserve environmental quality, and enhance the overall well-being of the university community.
B. Design Standard: The architect/engineer shall use the USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Rating System (LEEDv4) as a goal for the basis of design with an additional goal of achieving a silver rating, using the most appropriate and current rating tools. The primary purpose of establishing this design standard is to accomplish the commitment stated above. The university will pursue the prestige of obtaining a plaque, or a certification, only if it determines doing so does not adversely affect overall design, budget, occupancy and use of the project. The architect/engineer shall include a LEED
CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS GUIDELINES
Accredited Professional as a member of the consultant team for the duration of the project.
C. The architect/engineer shall develop a High Performance Project Plan for approval by the university during the preliminary plan phase of the project. The architect/engineer team shall provide the university all the professional assistance necessary to meet its goal and plan. Selection from the LEEDv4 Project Checklist of specific credits to achieve is the responsibility of the consultant unless otherwise indicated.


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:

Design Standard: The architect/engineer shall use the USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Rating System (LEEDv4) as a goal for the basis of design with an additional goal of achieving a silver rating, using the most appropriate and current rating tools. The primary purpose of establishing this design standard is to accomplish the commitment stated above. The university will pursue the prestige of obtaining a plaque, or a certification, only if it determines doing so does not adversely affect overall design, budget, occupancy, and use of the project. The architect/engineer shall include a LEED Accredited Professional as a member of the consultant team for the duration of the project.


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

The architect/engineer shall develop a High Performance Project Plan for approval by the university during the preliminary plan phase of the project. The architect/engineer team shall provide the university all the professional assistance necessary to meet its goal and plan. Selection from the LEEDv4 Project Checklist of specific credits to achieve is the responsibility of the consultant unless otherwise indicated.


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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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