Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.55
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date April 5, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Utah
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.27 / 3.00 Myron Willson
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
1,814,162 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 89,130 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Gold or at the 2nd highest level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 1,058,620 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 582,712 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:
95.39

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

University of Utah LEED Buildings certified in 2011-2015:

Frederick Albert Sutton Building (Gold | LEED BD+C: NC v2.2)
V. Randall Turpin University Services Building (Gold | LEED ID&C: CI v2.0)
University of Utah Specialty Care Center in South Jordan (Gold | LEED BD+C: NC v2.2)
James LeVoy Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building (Gold | LEED BD+C: NC v2.2)
Natural History Museum of Utah (Gold | LEED BD+C: NC v2.2)
Donna Garff Marriott Residential Scholars Community (Gold | LEED BD+C: NC v3 – 2009)
L. S. Skaggs Jr. Pharmacy Institute Research Building (Gold | LEED BD+C: NC v3 – 2009)
University of Utah Downtown Data Center (Gold | LEED ID&C: CI v3 – 2009)
Annette Poulson Cumming Building, College of Nursing (Silver | LEED BD+C: NC v2.2)
Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building (Silver | LEED BD+C: NC v2.2)
Thatcher Building for Bio & Biophysical Chemistry (Silver | LEED BD+C: NC v3 – 2009)
Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex (Silver | LEED BD+C: NC v3 – 2009)
Spence & Cleone Eccles Football Center (Silver | LEED BD+C: NC v3 – 2009)


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:
84,000 Square Feet

A copy of the green building guidelines or policies :
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The green building guidelines or policies:
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 State of Utah required LEED Silver minimum for all new construction from 2009 until 2014. In 2014, the University of Utah continued to require LEED Silver certification for all construction projects over $5 million in both design and construction. The University also requires specific LEED credits to be followed, such as our aggressive energy requirement of 13 points achieved in the Energy & Atmosphere credit Optimizing energy performance.

Additional information can be found at:
http://sustainability.utah.edu/resource-center/operations/building.php


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

All University of Utah projects must adhere to the institution’s design standards for high performance building systems and comply with its 2014 Measurement and Verification Plan, both of which require that projects be reviewed and LEED-certification verified.

http://facilities.utah.edu/project-resources/documents-standards/2015/complete%205.0%20High%20Performance%20FINAL%20EDIT.pdf


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The University of Utah’s LEED and high performance building design standards are applied to all construction contracts that, in any way, affect the institution’s facilities, regardless if the contract came from the state of Utah or from the University, itself. All those who assist the University in its construction projects, e.g. architects, engineers, etc., are expected to adhere to these standards and are to incorporate sustainable methods into their designs.

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