Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.45
Liaison Bambi Ingram
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Alabama at Birmingham
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.31 / 3.00 Abigail Franks
Intern
Sustainability
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
1,449,680 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 109,000 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:
7.52

A brief description of the green building rating system(s) used and/or a list of certified buildings and ratings:
University Hall (109,000 sq ft) was certified as Silver under USGBC's LEED system. The building opened summer 2019.

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:
1,340,680 Square feet

A copy of the green building guidelines or policies :
The green building guidelines or policies:
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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:
While UAB recently committed to LEED certification for all major construction and renovation projects, all previous projects were subject to our internal sustainable design standard--developed with LEED pursuit in mind.

Ex. Hill University Center
http://www.uab.edu/news/facilities/item/6878-uab-celebrates-opening-of-new-hill-student-center-on-jan-20

A brief description of how the institution ensures compliance with green building design and construction guidelines and policies:
UAB’s sustainable project manager participates as a voting member in all architect/design team selections for major construction and renovation projects. The PM also participates in all phases of design review to ensure compliance with the standard.

The PM main effort is to ensure that UAB is the best possible steward of its resources, both fiscally and environmentally, consistent with UAB's Shared Values. The foundation for UAB’s sustainable future is already built: The university takes sustainable steps when it demolishes buildings — monitoring air quality to ensure it remains in safe ranges and encouraging contractors to find opportunities to recycle and reuse materials to divert waste from Alabama’s landfills, for example — and when it constructs new ones. UAB recently published indoor air quality and construction waste plans, which will govern all future university projects. The new College of Arts and Sciences building, slated to open this fall, will be UAB’s first LEED-certified building, which ensures electricity cost savings, lower carbon emissions and healthier environments for the places people live, work, learn and play. Our standards are the set of requirements that we hold ourselves to internally, however, they are also publicly available and transparent.

Because UAB sets many of its own standards for projects, it can hold local services and talent accountable to comply with those standards, which not only helps UAB become more sustainable, but influences Birmingham suppliers and contractors to implement sustainable practices. Eventually, UAB aspires to make all new standards public so other companies or institutions, local or global, can replicate the ways in which UAB successfully implements sustainability.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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