Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.16
Liaison Mike Versteege
Submission Date June 24, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Alberta
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.49 / 3.00 James Allen
Associate Vice-President, Operations and Maintenance
Facilities and Operations
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
35,885.35 Square Metres

Floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space certified Living under the Living Building Challenge:
0 Square Metres

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 Metres
LEED BD+C Gold or at the 2nd highest level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 0 Square Metres
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 Metres
LEED BD+C Silver or at a step above minimum level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 0 Square Metres
LEED BD+C Certified or certified at minimum level under another GBC rating system 0 Square Metres

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):
34,980.39 Square Metres

Percentage of newly constructed or renovated building space certified under a green building rating system for design and construction:
97.48

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

The University of Alberta has used either LEED or Green Globes systems when certifying new construction and major renovation projects.

LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Green Globes is an online assessment protocol, rating system, and guidance for green building design, operation and management. It is interactive, flexible and affordable, and provides market recognition of a building's environmental attributes through third-party verification.

The following buildings were completed between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2020 and received a green building certification:

Green Globes

- Nîpisîy House - 4 Globes
- Peter Lougheed Hall - 4 Globes
- Research and Collections Resource Facility - 3 Globes
- Thelma Chalifoux Hall - 3 Globes
- Founders Hall - 2 Globes


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:
904.96 Square Metres

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

GREEN BUILDING DESIGN SUMMARY

The University of Alberta has a collection of design guidelines and specifications that apply to all of its capital and renewal projects. Sustainability is integrated throughout these documents and the attached file provides a summary of some of the topics they cover related to sustainability.

The full set of design guidelines and specifications can be found online:
https://www.ualberta.ca/vice-president-facilities-operations/planning/index.html


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:

All new university buildings or renovations are covered by the university's design guidelines and specifications, including all of the guidelines summarized in the Green Building Design Summary document. These apply regardless of whether the building has a green building certification.


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

The university's design guidelines and specifications are integrated into project planning by the project management teams and issues are discussed in the university's Capital & Operations meetings. The guidelines and specifications are part of the project request for proposal and are publicly accessible online.


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

NOTES:

1. We defined a major renovation as any project where over 60% of the gross floor area was renovated, which means that the project would have been eligible for a LEED Building Design and Construction (BD+C) certification. All other renovations may or may not be eligible for this certification type based on LEED's 40/60 rule and the specific circumstances of the project, and were therefore excluded from our calculations. More details are available at: https://www.cagbc.org/CAGBC/Programs/LEED/LEEDv4/LEED_v4_Rating_System_Selection_Guidance.aspx#bdc

2. Because LEED BD+C requires that the entire gross floor area of a building be included when certifying a major renovation project, we have also chosen to include the total gross floor area of any building with a major renovation project that was eligible for certification. This applies whether the project was certified or not.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBLE PARTIES:

Camila Zambrano Narvaez
Planning & CAFM Technologist
Space Planning and Inventory Services (SPIS)
Space Management, Planning and Project Delivery
Facilities & Operations

Michelle Hauer
Program Coordinator
Energy Management and Sustainable Operations
Facilities & Operations

Keith Hollands
Director, Design & Technical Services
Engineering & Technical Services
Facilities & Operations

Dan Wilm
Associate Director, Engineering Services
Engineering & Technical Services
Planning and Project Delivery
Facilities & Operations

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