Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.23
Liaison Jim Walker
Submission Date June 14, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Texas at Austin
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.31 / 3.00 Jim Walker
Director of Sustainability, Financial, and Administrative Services
University Operations
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
2,269,358 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 1,586,855 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 667,503 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:
99.34

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

LEED BD&C, since 2013

Biomedical Engineering South Exansion, Gold
Belo Center or New Media (Communications), Gold
Marine Science Institute, Gold
Gates Dell Complex, Silver
Liberal Arts Building, Gold
Health Learning Building, Gold
Health Discovery Building, Gold
Engineering Education and Research Center, Silver
Rowling Hall, Gold

https://sustainability.utexas.edu/conservation/greenbuilding/buildings


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:
15,000 Square Feet

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

Project Management and Construction Services (PMCS) at UT Austin provide many resources for green building and green renovation. The University of Texas at Austin recognizes the important role that buildings play in creating a more sustainable and vital campus.

PMCS plays a key role in supporting the Campus Sustainability Policy, which calls for the university to “evaluate the impact of its construction projects; incorporate green building and design methods; and consider the needs of future generations of the University community... with the goal of minimizing the environmental footprint of the campus.”

Countless options are available to make renovations more sustainable. Project Management and Construction Services’ LEED Accredited Professionals are knowledgeable about green building strategies and the LEED rating system. They help project managers find sustainable design solutions that fit vision and budget.

Green Renovation Strategies
-Reduce Construction Waste
-Recycle metals, concrete, wood waste, and other building materials
-Recondition useful components for reuse in your project
-Send usable items to Surplus Property

Save Energy
-High efficiency and task lighting
-Added insulation and tight ductwork
-Properly sized HVAC systems

Water Savings
-Low-flow fixtures
-Waterless urinals
-Water-efficient landscaping

Choose Materials Wisely
-Regionally-produced materials
-Recycled content
-Low-emitting paint, sealants, and adhesives

http://pmcservices.utexas.edu/sustainability/greenbuilding.html


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:

The vision for sustainable building at The University of Texas at Austin is to maintain a campus environment that exemplifies sustainable practices in planning, design, construction and operations by optimizing the lifecycle cost of ownership, while enhancing environmental stewardship and human well-being.

The University of Texas at Austin Sustainability Policy calls for university buildings to evaluate the impact of construction projects, incorporate green building and design methods and consider the needs of future generations of the university community. The goal is to minimize the environmental footprint of the campus.

The University of Texas at Austin is also a member of the Central Texas - Balcones Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

New Buildings
All new buildings are designed to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard as defined by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This commitment was made in 2009 in participation with the Clinton Global Initiative.

Existing Buildings
Building projects and renovations budgeted for less than ten million dollars are managed by Project Management and Construction Services (PMCS). A set of guidelines for green renovations is currently under review.

From Campus Sustainability Policy: Implementation Principles

Campus Planning: The University will evaluate the impact of its construction projects; incorporate green building and design methods; and consider the needs of future generations of the University community, including its greater Austin setting, in campus planning, with the goal of minimizing the environmental footprint of the campus.

https://policies.utexas.edu/policies/campus-sustainability


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

PMCS aims for enduring and resource efficient performance throughout a building’s entire life cycle – from design to construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction. As of May 2008, all new construction is to achieve a minimum LEED Silver rating.

UT Austin's Project Management and Construction Services:

PMCS’ strategic goal includes developing “a renovation program which enhances the sustainability of campus facilities in support of the educational, research, and public goals of the university.” PMCS is currently working towards this strategic goal by:

-Incorporating life cycle cost management into the selection of materials and equipment.
-Promoting greater environmental sensitivity in the design and construction of renovation projects for the 15.4 million gross square feet of building space we serve on the university campus.


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