|Submission Date||Feb. 27, 2019|
University of Idaho
OP-4: Building Design and Construction
|2.43 / 3.00||
Facilities--Architectural and Engineering Services
Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
Floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space certified Living under the Living Building Challenge:
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||141,661 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||0 Square Feet|
|LEED BD+C Certified or certified at minimum level under another GBC rating system||0 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):
Percentage of newly constructed or renovated building space certified under a green building rating system for design and construction:
A brief description of the green building rating system(s) used and/or a list of certified buildings and ratings:
Between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2018, the University of Idaho completed two major capital projects certified LEED GOLD by the U.S. Green Building Council.
1. Integrated Research and Innovation Center (IRIC), completed 2016, certified 2017, 83,301 sf;
2. College of Education Building, completed 2016, certified 2017, 58,360 sf
Both projects were certified under the USGBC LEED 2009, New Construction and Major Renovations standards. The IRIC facility was a new build on a brownfield site – it replaced a former structure which had occupied the site and which was removed to make way for the IRIC facility. The College of Education Building was a whole-building renovation of a 1968 structure which previously housed the College of Education as well. The existing structure was demolished back to foundations and structural framing.
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:
A copy of the green building guidelines or policies :
The green building guidelines or policies:
The University of Idaho maintains the following green building guidelines and policies:
1. The University of Idaho Long Range Campus Development Plan (LRCDP):
Developed in the 1990’s and published as an update in 2000, the University of Idaho Long Range Campus Development Plan (LRCDP) incorporates many green building principles, strategies, and concepts within its nine goals and objectives. The LRCDP has played a critical role in the development of the campus and its facilities since first developed and published in 1997. Chief among these are the notions of stewardship, preservation and the maintenance of a compact, pedestrian-oriented, walkable core of campus. The LRCDP is the main factor in the arrest of “campus sprawl” and the concentration of new structures on brownfield sites located within the core of campus.
The LRCDP incorporates specific precepts, strategies, and technologies related to sustainable building design in the design and construction of each facility Plan. Architectural responses and strategies such as siting based upon environmental determinants, daylighting, solar shading of glazing and sustainable materials such as the use of strawboard are incorporated in facilities such as the Idaho Commons, Student Recreation Center, and Agricultural Biotechnology Laboratory. Building systems are designed to be efficient – often exceeding Idaho State Energy Code requirements - and make use of strategies such as heat recovery, VFD’s, zoning, location of intakes based upon environmental determinants, and digital controls.
The complete text of the LRCDP is located at:
2. The University of Idaho Administrative Procedures Manual (APM)
Chapter 40 of the University of Idaho Administrative Procedures Manual (APM) provides several sections which describe sustainable building policies and guidelines for the development and renovation of university facilities.
a. Section 40.03 – New and Major Renovation Building Policy
This section sets the U.S. Green Building Council LEED SILVER rating, or equivalent, as the university’s sustainable building standard.
b. Section 40.12 – Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund
This sections provides for a Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund (SRLF) funds innovative projects that reduce environmental impacts and provide economic benefits.
c. Section 40.26 - Energy Management
This section sets standards and expectations for a coordinated energy conservation program.
3. University of Idaho Architectural & Engineering Services Forms and Standards
UI Architectural & Engineering Services is the unit charged with administering the university’s capital project design and construction program. UI A & E Services publishes several standards which are made available to the design and engineering consultants, vendors and contractors hired to implement design and construction efforts.
a. Building Metering Standards
This standard provides information related to building systems metering for a variety of energy and resource systems.
b. Building Management and Controls Systems
This standard provides information related to DDC and BAS controls systems.
c. Design and Construction Standards
This document lays out expectations and principles for the design and construction of university facilities. It provides for specification of materials and systems. The document is intended to create a common starting point for the design, construction, renovation and general care of all facilities on the University of Idaho campuses statewide. Principles of sustainability are included throughout as one of the main criteria driving the standards. The document also describes the university’s expectations and standards regarding the commissioning of building systems.
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)||Yes|
|Building-level water metering||Yes|
A brief description of the green building guidelines or policies and/or a list or sample of buildings covered:
As noted above, the University of Idaho has incorporated specific precepts, strategies, and technologies related to sustainable building design in the design and construction of each facility recently identified and completed under the current Long Range Campus Development Plan (LRCPD). Architectural responses and strategies such as siting based upon environmental determinants, daylighting, solar shading of glazing and sustainable materials such as the use of strawboard are incorporated in facilities such as the Idaho Commons (2000), Student Recreation Center (2001), and Agricultural Biotechnology Laboratory (2001). Mechanical systems are designed to be efficient – the university has elected to pursue the requirements of the Washington State Energy Code, which often exceeds Idaho State Energy Code requirements - and make use of strategies such as heat recovery, VFD’s, zoning, location of intakes based upon environmental determinants, and digital controls.
A brief description of how the institution ensures compliance with green building design and construction guidelines and policies:
University of Idaho Architectural & Engineering Services is responsible to ensure that the policies and standards described above are incorporated into the new construction and major renovation efforts of the university.
The policies and standards described apply to all university divisions, departments, offices and their contractors responsible for financing, planning, designing, developing, constructing, renovating and managing University-owned facilities and buildings, regardless of location. UI A & E Services reviews all desired projects against these standards and works to ensure that siting decisions, planning, programming and conceptual designs are in alignment with the standards. Siting decisions are often reviewed by stakeholders such as the Campus Panning Advisory Committee (CPAC), which is a formal committee under the auspices of the Faculty Senate. Once a siting recommendation is reached, UI A & E Services drafts recommendations for review by the University of Idaho Executive team.
The applicable section of the university’s Administrative Procedures Manual are in place to ensure that the policies are followed campus-wide and that they are not circumvented.
Once into the design phases and construction phases of a capital project, UI A & E Services is charged with ensuring that the design and construction team are aware of the various design and construction standards, and that they work to achieve them. UI A & E Services coordinates with UI Building Trades and UI Utilities and Engineering Services personnel to ensure that standards and best practices are incorporated and met.
Where other state agencies (e.g., Division of Public Works or Idaho State Building Authority) have responsibility for delivering the construction or renovation project, the university strives to work with the agency in developing and delivering a project meeting the standards outlined above.
Buildings whose primary use is for agricultural or machinery storage, animal shelters, and similar uses are exempt from this policy until a LEED rating system is designed suitable to these types of structures.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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