Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.07
Liaison Mark Maxwell
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2016
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University of California, Merced
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.49 / 3.00 Mark Maxwell
Assistant Director of Construction & Sustainability
PPD&C
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Does the institution have any building space certified under the following green building rating systems for new construction and major renovations?:
Yes or No
LEED or another 4-tier rating system used by an Established Green Building Council (GBC) Yes
The DGNB system, Green Star, or another 3-tier GBC rating system No
BREEAM, CASBEE, or another 5-tier GBC rating system No
The Living Building Challenge No
Other non-GBC rating systems (e.g. BOMA BESt, Green Globes) No

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

Library Information Technology Center, Certified LEED Gold
Classroom Office Building, Certified LEED Gold
Science and Engineering 1,Certified LEED Gold
Sierra Terraces, Certified LEED Gold
Lakeview Dining (Valley Terraces), Certified LEED Silver
Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center,Certified LEED Gold
Central Plant and Telecommunications, Certified LEED Gold,
Facilities Support Building, Certified LEED Gold
Housing 3, LEED Platinum
Early Childhood and Education Center, Certified LEED Gold
Dining Expansion, LEED Platinum
Social Sciences and Management, Certified LEED Platinum
Student Services Building, Certified LEED Platinum
Housing 4, Certified LEED Platinum
Recreation Center North, Certified LEED Platinum
Science and Engineering 2, Certified LEED Platinum


Total floor area of eligible building space (design and construction):
1236878 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 4-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level (e.g. LEED Certified) 0 Square Feet
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) 149170 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 612661 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) 475047 Square Feet

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Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 5-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
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Floor area of building space certified Living under the Living Building Challenge:
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Floor area of building space that is certified at any level under other green building rating systems for new construction and major renovations:
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Floor area of building space that was designed and constructed in accordance with green building policies or guidelines but NOT certified:
0 Square Feet

A copy of the guidelines or policies :
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The date the guidelines or policies were adopted:
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A brief description of the green building guidelines or policies and/or a list or sample of buildings covered:

UC Merced campus policy states that all new construction buildings on campus achieve a minimum of LEED Gold certification under LEED Green Building Design and Construction.


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

All new permanent buildings on the UC Merced campus are required to achieve minimum LEED Silver since 2002 and, as of March 2009, minimum LEED Gold. Since 2005, UC Merced has an on-campus LEED coordinator working with every building project to ensure compliance, gather documentation, and submit projects for review by the U.S.Green Building Council.


The website URL where information about the institution’s certified buildings and/or green building design and construction guidelines or policies is available:

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