Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.89
Liaison Christa Rieck
Submission Date March 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Houston
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Gabriel Durham
Graduate assistant
Office of Sustainability
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
Less comprehensive policies, plans or guidelines that incorporate green infrastructure

A brief description of the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices:

Section 7 of the Campus Design Guidelines, "Sustainable Design" stipulates that all new campus construction be certified LEED silver. As such, major campus construction projects must adhere to credit criteria concerting rainwater management. For example, Garage 6 (University Gateway Garage) was designed and built to include a permanent rain garden landscaped with native plants.

Additionally, the University also requires a 1:1 caliper inch replacement of any canopy trees lost to construction on campus. Maintaining a healthy tree canopy and population is an important part of nature based rainwater management: https://www.uh.edu/facilities-planning-construction/vendor-resources/owners-design-criteria/design-guidelines/site-and-landscape-08.2020.pdf

"Less comprehensive" was chosen for this section because the above only account for managing rainwater quantity (flood retention) and not quality.

A copy of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, and/or guidelines:
A brief description of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, and/or guidelines that supports the responses above:

See attachment.

Website URL where information about the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The eco roof at the Burdette Keeland Jr. Design Exploration Center is one example of green infrastructure. The building features the only sloped, green roof in the city. The vegetated roof, which covers about 2,000 square feet on the south side of the building, is outfitted with a drip irrigation system to bring water to the seven beds. The water to each bed can be individually controlled.

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