Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.84
Liaison Teddy Lhoutellier
Submission Date April 26, 2024

STARS v2.2

University of Miami
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Teddy Lhoutellier
Sustainability Manager
Environmental Health and Safety
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
Comprehensive policies, plans or guidelines that require LID practices for all new projects

A brief description of the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices:
Since 2008, all UM new construction need to achieve a LEED® Silver certification. This implies for most of those new construction and big renovation and certain degree of sustainable rainwater management during the construction phase and after commissioning. For the summary of UM LEED projects score cards, visit http://dc.ref.miami.edu/uprojects/green-building-facts/index.html Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music - LEED® Platinum Rainwater Harvesting: A large on-site cistern captures and treats rainwater for reuse through irrigation and to flush all toilets and urinals in the building, replacing the need to use potable (drinking) water for these uses. Overall, this reduces the project’s potable water usage by 87% for interior plumbing fixtures, and by 100% for irrigation needs.

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:
Any new construction or big renovation at UM needs to align with the following intent: To reduce runoff volume and improve water quality by replicating the natural hydrology and water balance of the site, based on historical conditions and undeveloped ecosystems in the region. It also need to achieve the requirement for the LEED® BD+C Rainwater Management credit: Option 1. Percentile of rainfall events Path 1. 95th percentile (2 points except Healthcare, 1 point Healthcare) In a manner best replicating natural site hydrology processes, manage on site the runoff from the developed site for the 95th percentile of regional or local rainfall events using low-impact development (LID) and green infrastructure. Use daily rainfall data and the methodology in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Technical Guidance on Implementing the Stormwater Runoff Requirements for Federal Projects under Section 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act to determine the 95th percentile amount. OR Path 2. 98th percentile (3 points except Healthcare, 2 points Healthcare) Achieve Path 1 but for the 98th percentile of regional or local rainfall events, using LID and green infrastructure. OR Path 3. Zero lot line projects only – 85th Percentile (3 points except Healthcare, 2 points Healthcare)) The following requirement applies to zero lot line projects in urban areas with a minimum density of 1.5 FAR. In a manner best replicating natural site hydrology processes, manage on site the runoff from the developed site for the 85th percentile of regional or local rainfall events, using LID and green infrastructure. OR Option 2. Natural land cover conditions (3 points except Healthcare, 2 points Healthcare)

Website URL where information about the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices is available:
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