Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.66
Liaison Eric Boles
Submission Date March 5, 2021
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Arkansas
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.66 / 3.00 Jay Huneycutt
Director for planning and capitol improvements
Facilities Management
"---" 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) :
724,919 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 226,643 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 122,951 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Certified or certified at minimum level under another GBC rating system 3,907 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:
48.76

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

From 2015 to 2020 the following projects received certification...
LEED Certified:
Kimpel Hall Renovation
LEED Silver Certified:
Library Annex
Faulkner Performing Arts Center
UA Pat Walker Health Center
The Sculpture Studio
LEED Certified Gold:
Champions Hall
Basketball Performance Center
Gearhart Hall Renovation


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:
371,418 Square Feet

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

Since 2006, the UofA standard is to use the US Green Building Council’s LEED rating system as a tool in applying sustainable design principles, and as a measure of the sustainability achieved through the planning, design, and construction process. A LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations rating of SILVER (33-38 of 69 possible points) is the standard to which University projects will be held. [NOTE: At this time, the University is not requiring formal certification of most of its projects, though some projects may. However, the design and construction team will be required to submit a checklist and narrative to substantiate the measures taken to achieve the equivalent of the certification levels desired.] To that extent, we believe that all construction in the last 5 years would meet LEED standards, but have not pursued the certification on approximately half of the projects.


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) No
Building-level water metering Yes

A brief description of the green building guidelines or policies and/or a list or sample of buildings covered:

Since 2006, the UofA standard is to use the US Green Building Council’s LEED rating system as a tool in applying sustainable design principles, and as a measure of the sustainability achieved through the planning, design, and construction process. A LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations rating of SILVER (33-38 of 69 possible points) is the standard to which University projects will be held. [NOTE: At this time, the University is not requiring formal certification of most of its projects, though some projects may. However, the design and construction team will be required to submit a checklist and narrative to substantiate the measures taken to achieve the equivalent of the certification levels desired.]


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

Provide a life-cycle economic analysis of the sustainable strategies and features of the building, as well as an energy cost model that addresses all building system costs, such as building envelope, HVAC, and electrical systems. This analysis must be prepared by the designers of each project and submitted to the University for review.


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

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