Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.73
Liaison Sean MacInnes
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2014
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University of North Carolina, Greensboro
OP-2: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.18 / 4.00 Trey McDonald
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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New building space that meets "Eligible Buildings Criteria":
1,015,021 Square Feet

New building space that was designed and constructed in accordance with green building policies or guidelines but not LEED certified:
511,712 Square Feet

New building space that is LEED Certified :
0 Square Feet

New building space that is LEED Silver certified:
117,000 Square Feet

New building space that is LEED Gold certified :
384,052 Square Feet

New building space that is LEED Platinum certified:
0 Square Feet

The website URL where a copy of the institution's guidelines or policies for green building is available :
An electronic copy of the guidelines or policies :

The date(s) the policies or guidelines were adopted:
January 2011

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

All new buildings and major renovations must comply with standards established by NC Senate Bills 668 and 1946. These established a new Sustainable, Energy Efficient Buildings Program, with specific energy and water efficiency requirements for major new and renovated State-funded facilities that enter their schematic design phase on or after August 8,2008. These requirements have been incorporated into State construction requirements (http://www.nc-sco.com/documents/guidelines/EEREPORT.pdf).

The State Sustainability Policy also includes a section on new construction: "Design and Construction: Capital project planning and construction processes shall meet statutory energy and water efficiency requirements and deliver energy, water, and materials efficient buildings and grounds that minimize the impact on and/or enhance the site and provide good indoor environmental quality for occupants."

UNCG’s Design and Construction Guidelines, General Design Standards state: ”Designers shall consider long-term durability and maintainability when selecting and specifying materials and equipment. The University is a permanent facility and as such "first cost" should not be the prime consideration in specifications. When appropriate, "life-cycle" costs should be the determining factor.” These guidelines complement the state mandates (http://www.uncg.edu/fpl/sustain-news.html). NOTE that these are currently being updated to incorporate many LEED criteria. The new guidelines are expected to complete in early March 2014.

All designers are required to design new and renovated buildings in accordance with these guidelines. The professional design staff reviews the design documents and monitors the construction to ensure all guidelines and policies are followed. Either the design consultant or a member of the FDC staff submits the templates to USGBC for certification on those projects seeking LEED certification. UNCG has 4 LEED APs and 1 LEED Green Associate on staff.

The names of all buildings that are certified under the LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations, LEED for Commercial Interiors, and/or LEED for Core and Shell Green Building Rating Systems:

- School of Education Building (LEED-NC Gold)
- Jefferson Suites Residences (LEED-NC Silver)
- Quad Residence Halls (7 buildings, all LEED-NC Gold

The names of all buildings designed and constructed in accordance with green building guidelines and policies but not LEED certified:

- Spartan Village Residences (application for LEED has been submitted)
- Moran Commons (application for LEED has been submitted)
- Baseball Locker Room & Training Facility

Information for this credit was received from Fred Patrick, Director of Facilities Design and Construction at UNCG.

See also: Sustainable Energy Efficient Buildings report from the North Carolina State Construction Office:

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