Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.81
Liaison Chad King
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of Denver
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.05 / 3.00 Thomas McGee
Energy Engineer
Facilities Planning & Management
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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:

Nagel Hall, 149,279 sq. ft. LEED for New Construction (Gold, 2008)
College of Law, 193,370 sq. ft. LEED for New Construction (Gold, 2003)
These buildings were built prior to the past 5 years, and therefore are not included in the New Buildings reports.
Ruffato Hall, 73,568 sq. ft. LEED for New Construction (Gold, 2010).
Anderson Academic Commons, 162,780 sq. ft. LEED for Renovation (Gold, 2014)
Margery Reed, 33,547 sq. ft. LEED for Renovation (Gold, 2014)


Total floor area of eligible building space (design and construction):
369,966 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) 0 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 269,895 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 3-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 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::
Certified Floor Area
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Floor area of building space certified Living under the Living Building Challenge:
0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at any level under other green building rating systems for new construction and major renovations:
100,071 Square Feet

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:

The University has established a policy that all new campus construction will be built to the LEED silver standard or equivalent. This standard takes into consideration many aspects of the construction and operations process and is intended to ensure efficient and environmentally friendly performance of a building and its occupants over time.

Buildings that were built to a green building standard but not certified include:
HRTM, Chambers, Kappa Sigma, Daniels, Nelson, Evans Parking, Lambda, Performing Arts, Craig Hall, Sie Cheou-Kang Center


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

The Facilities Management and Planning Department performs a cross functional review of the construction documents for all projects, in an effort to standardize energy savings strategies across campus and ensure each new or upgraded building is both operationally efficient and reliable. All standards included in the University guidelines and policies are carefully reviewed in relation to the design of new or remodeled facilities. We also leverage the Energy Design Assist program offered by our local Utility to model potential energy conservation initiatives for both new buildings and major additions. The program was developed to provide assistance towards LEED certification. Our Energy Conservation Program includes a building survey component which includes the analysis of the buildings operation, and the development of strategies to improve the performance of the mechanical and electrical systems to reduce our utility consumption and MeTCO2/sq.ft.


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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