Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.35
Liaison Christa Rieck
Submission Date Nov. 23, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Houston
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.13 / 3.00 Gabriel Durham
Graduate assistant
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Cougar Woods Dining Hall - LEED Silver Certified


Total floor area of eligible building space (design and construction):
3,210,283.94 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) 25,265.29 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 0 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::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level 0 Square Feet
Mid-Level 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level 0 Square Feet

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
Minimum Level 0 Square Feet
4th Highest Level 0 Square Feet
Mid-Level 0 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level 0 Square Feet

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:
0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that was designed and constructed in accordance with green building policies or guidelines but NOT certified:
3,185,018.65 Square Feet

A copy of the guidelines or policies :
The date the guidelines or policies were adopted:
Nov. 29, 2006

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

Welcome Center Student Garage
Cougar Place 
Cougar Village 2
Satellite Central Plant1
Health and Biomedical Sciences
Cougar Woods Dining Hall
University Classroom and Business Building
Stadium Parking Garage
Science Teaching Laboratory Building
Cougar Village
Michael J. Cemo Hall
Calhoun Lofts
Campus Recreation & Wellness Annex
East Parking Garage


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

The University of Houston has adopted many of the USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria for sustainable design and, since 2006, has required buildings to be designed to current LEED Silver criteria or greater. Actual certification has not commonly been pursued. LEED 4 recently has replaced LEED-NC 2009 and the influence of this change on design and construction practices at the University are not yet understood. As LEED-NC 2009 will be open for registration until June 2015, UH this year will continue to require new construction to be designed, at a minimum, to LEED-NC 2009 Silver criteria. On an individual project basis, UH Facilities Planning and Construction/Facilities Management and other Project Team members may make the decision to incorporate sustainable practices from LEED 4. Our facilities management team works hand-in-hand with our Facilities, Planning, & Construction team to design buildings to LEED silver status. Some of the topics we address include Building Management System and utility monitoring in order to minimize utility consumption while providing high level of satisfaction to our student, faculty, and staff.


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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