Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 35.20
Liaison Laura Miller
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of New Haven
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.82 / 3.00 Mario Pierce
Director of Campus Space Management
Office of Facilities
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
175106 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 0 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):
0 Square Feet

Percentage of newly constructed or renovated building space certified under a green building rating system for design and construction:
0

A brief description of the green building rating system(s) used and/or a list of certified buildings and ratings:
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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:
113400 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:

Westside Hall was built to LEED Silver guidelines


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

The University of New Haven's Westside Hall dormitory was constructed to comply with LEED v3 2009 New Construction certification requirements and guidelines, with a goal of LEED Silver compliance. The design process was completed in 2013 and the building was constructed for occupancy in the fall of 2014. The 158,000 square foot building includes residential capacity for over 350 students as well as a cafeteria and mixed use classrooms. In addition to satisfying LEED prerequisites, the dormitory design and construction process complied with numerous LEED credit areas as specified by the owner. The enhanced commissioning (Cx) process began during the design phase with input and oversight from the LEED Accredited Professionals at Celtic Energy Inc. (CEI) and the Cx agent BVH. CEI worked with excellent support from United Illuminating (UI) to use an eQuest building simulation model to assess and improve energy performance in numerous areas such as lighting, heat pumps, building controls and HVAC systems, resulting in a design to that uses 24% less energy than the reference baseline. Ultimately the building qualified for a UI Energy Conscious Blueprint whole-building comprehensive incentive award of almost $400,000. Sustainable site attributes leveraged community density and public transportation, along with bicycle storage and preferred parking for fuel efficient vehicles. The construction process used regionally-sourced materials with high recycled content and FSC-certified sustainably harvested wood. Over 75% of the construction waste was diverted for recycling. The white roof reduces cooling loads. Water efficient fixtures reduce usage by 38% from the baseline case. Indoor air quality measures included low-emitting adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring systems and composite wood products, as well as a smoke-free policy campus-wide. Occupants have control over their lighting and thermal comfort, and easy access to recycling collection and storage including chutes on upper floors for waste management. An innovative green cleaning program was put in place with sustainable cleaning equipment and practices that reduced toxicity and improved safe storage of supplies.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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