Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.52
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date Aug. 10, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Massachusetts Lowell
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.42 / 3.00 Jean Robinson
Director of Capital Projects
Facilities Project Management
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
1,506,286 Square Feet

Floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space certified Living under the Living Building Challenge:
0 Square Feet

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 86,288 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 220,734 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):
0 Square Feet

Percentage of newly constructed or renovated building space certified under a green building rating system for design and construction:
20.38

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

UMass Lowell uses U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

UMass Lowell's Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center (ETIC) is Gold certified. University Suites and the Health & Social Science (HSS) Buildings received Silver certification 5.25.16. University Crossing is expected receive Silver certification shortly. As of 6.29.16 University Crossing has not yet received certification so was counted as an "uncertified" project for STARS purposes.


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:
1,199,264 Square Feet

A copy of the green building guidelines or policies :
The green building guidelines or policies:
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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:

Per Executive Order 484, new construction and major renovation projects over 20,000 SF managed by the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) must meet Mass. “LEED Plus” building standards including: 1) U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification, 2) energy performance exceeding MA Energy Code by at least 20%, and 3) independent 3rd party commissioning. New construction and major renovation projects less than 20,000 SF shall meet at least one of the following: 1) adhere to MA LEED Plus, 2) surpass the MA Energy Code requirements by at least 20% or 3) follow prescriptive approach of New Building Institute’s Advanced Buildings Benchmark Tool.

UMass Lowell has incorporated green building guidelines into the following campus policies:
1) Sustainability Initiatives and Green Design Guidelines
2) HVAC, Plumbing and Electrical Design Standards
3) Building O&M Policy
4) Energy Conservation Policy
5) Stormwater Management Policy

UMass Lowell's Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center (ETIC) is Gold certified (86,288 SF). A total of 591,662 SF of space was reported as designed and built according to sustainable design and construction guidelines including: Leitch & Bourgeois, Fox Hall, and University Crossing. Leitch & Bourgeois (124,928 SF) were designed to meet LEED silver but will not be formally certified.  Fox Hall (17,000 SF) was also constructed with LEED design features but is not certified. University Crossing (229,000 SF) is in the process of obtaining LEED certification (counted as designed in accordance with guidelines because not yet certified). All new construction and renovations are conducted in accordance with the Sustainability Initiatives and Green Design Guidelines as well as the Energy Conservation Policy.


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

UMass Lowell works with its architects and contractors to conduct design and construction projects in accordance with the University’s green building guidelines to the extent possible.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The score for this credit is calculated based on the percentage of "total floor area of eligible building space" designed and built in accordance with formal sustainable design guidelines and/or LEED certified. Eligible building space is defined as the total floor area of all building space eligible for certification under a green building rating system. To be eligible for certification the space must meet "minimum program requirements" for new construction & major renovations, commercial interiors or core and shell. The UMass Lowell campus has grown in square feet of building space by over 35% since fiscal year 2010. This growth includes several large new construction and renovation projects as well as many smaller projects. Due to the number of small projects, it was not feasible to review each individual project to determine whether the space met the "minimum program requirements." For the purposes of STARS reporting, the total square feet constructed/renovated was therefore conservatively assumed to be "eligible" space. By assuming all of the space was eligible the resulting STARS score for this credit may be underestimated.

Notes:
• Leitch & Bourgeois were designed to meet LEED silver but will not be formally certified. Bourgeois (62,313 SF) includes 77% certified wood by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), low VOC paints, energy efficient lighting w/ occupancy sensors, low flow fixtures, high performance glazing and building envelope, condensing boilers, heat recovery and valance units. Leitch (62,313 SF) utilizes FCS wood, low VOC paints, energy efficient lighting w/occupancy sensors, reuse of existing buildings, low flow fixtures, new flooring with high recycled content.
• Fox Hall was also constructed with LEED design features but is not certified. Fox (17,000 SF) utilizes low flow toilets and faucets, LED lighting, high efficiency kitchen equipment, low VOC materials, FSC certified wood table tops, recycled content in carpet, sustainable casework, a pulper to convert food/paper waste to compost.
• University Crossing is going through the process to be LEED certified but is not yet certified.

The following lists information about certified buildings and green building design construction features for various UMass Lowell buildings

• Sustainability Initiatives: http://www.uml.edu/docs/LeadByExample-February132013-EnergyandSustainabilityInitiatives_tcm18-149026.pdf
• Manning Business School: http://www.uml.edu/News/press-releases/2014/BusinessBldg051614.aspx
• ETIC: http://www.uml.edu/News/stories/2011-12/ETICupdate.aspx
• University Suites: http://www.uml.edu/News/press-releases/2013/UniversitySuites091813.aspx
• University Crossing: http://www.uml.edu/News/news-articles/2014/sun-uxing-opens.aspx
• HSSB: http://www.uml.edu/News/press-releases/2013/HSSB-Opening.aspx

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