Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.21
Liaison Gary Cocke
Submission Date Sept. 11, 2019
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STARS v2.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.21 / 3.00 Gary Cocke
Associate Director for Sustainability and Energy Conservation
Office of Sustainability
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
1600190 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 459467 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 423977 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:
55.21

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

Bioengineering and Sciences Building (BSB) – LEED Gold - 2014 - 222,651 gsf
Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center- LEED Gold - 2017 - 30,246 gsf
Engineering Computer Science West (ECSW) - LEED Gold -2019 - 206,570 gsf
School of Management Addition (SOM 2) – LEED Silver - 2014 - 107,445 gsf
Residence Hall West (RH4) – LEED Silver - 2014 - 316,532 gsf


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:
0 Square Feet

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

The following planning principals are incorporated into
the development of this Campus Master Plan Update to
support of the themes of accessibility, adaptability and
livability:
• Activate ground floor of building.
• Orient buildings to optimize energy efficiency.
• Take advantage of natural characteristics of style and
supplement with additional open spaces.
• Promote enhancement of informal, social collaborative,
natural, temporal and event space typologies to improve
campus life and experience.
• Promote compact campus to allow for future growth.
• Concentrate new academic development near the core of
campus.
• Develop collaborative research district.
• Provide efficient infrastructure to support campus growth.
• Create and enhance safe and attractive pedestrian
connections.
• Limit vehicular circulation I the core campus to necessary
and transit vehicles.
• Provide a vehicular framework that is efficient, but
minimizes impact on adjacent neighborhoods and on
campus.

Green Building
• Maximize energy efficiency through east/west building
orientations.
• Optimize laboratory and other high-demand program
efficiencies through adjacency.
• Apply passive strategies for orientation and envelop to
reduce peak load and equipment first costs.

Landscape
• Establish buffers to mitigate stormwater runoff.
• Diversify uses throughout the campus to encourage
walking and increased quality of campus life.
• Continue to build additional tree cover for relief against
the heat.
• Enhance existing creek areas to create a campus amenity


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 buildings at UT Dallas is to maintain a campus environment that exemplifies sustainable practices in planning, design, construction and operations by optimizing and enhancing environmental stewardship and human well-being.

The UT Dallas Campus Master Plan 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.

Campus Planning: UT Dallas 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 DFW metropolis setting, in campus planning, with the goal of minimizing the environmental footprint of the campus.

Design and Construction Guidelines found at https://www.utdallas.edu/facilities/engineering/guidelines/


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

The UT Dallas institution will strive to achieve a high performance building comparable to a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Certified rating or higher whenever possible, within the constraints of program needs and budget parameters. U. T. System recognizes and commends the early leadership and accomplishments of LEED® as a green building certification program; however, that certification currently comes with a significant cost in documentation. Therefore, UT Dallas and the UT System strives for a high-performance building standard comparable to LEED® for new major capital projects. Money for certification documentation is better spent obtaining more energy-efficient building systems. Further study will be conducted before similar sustainable design policies for laboratory and acute care and/or patient care facilities are adopted.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

UT Dallas has undergone tremendous growth over the past 10 years. To support the campus’ increasing enrollment and infrastructure, Facilities Management has taken steps to build more efficient buildings, pursuing LEED Certification on a number of them.

UT Dallas Engineering Guidelines
https://www.utdallas.edu/facilities/engineering/guidelines/

To request a tour of any the green buildings on campus, please contact sustainbility@utdallas.edu.

The UT System and Sustainability
https://www.utsystem.edu/sites/policy-library/policies/uts-169-sustainability-practices

UT Dallas Master Plan
https://www.utdallas.edu/masterplan/

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