Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.44
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date Jan. 29, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of Victoria
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.01 / 3.00 David Perry
Director, Capital Development
Facilities Management Group
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Does the institution have any building space certified under the following green building rating systems for new construction and major renovations?:
Yes or No
LEED or another 4-tier rating system used by an Established Green Building Council (GBC) Yes
The DGNB system, Green Star, or another 3-tier GBC rating system No
BREEAM, CASBEE, or another 5-tier GBC rating system No
The Living Building Challenge No
Other non-GBC rating systems (e.g. BOMA BESt, Green Globes) No

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

UVic has six certified LEED Gold rated buildings:
- Medical Sciences (2004)
- David Turpin (formerly Social Sciences and Math) (2008)
- Engineering and Computer Science (2006)
- Administrative Services (2008)
- First Peoples House (2009)
- South Tower Residence (2011)

Two of these were constructed in the last five year and therefore count toward this credit


Total floor area of eligible building space (design and construction):
61,084 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 4-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level (e.g. LEED Certified) 0 Square Feet
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) 0 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 48,167 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 3-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level 0 Square Feet
Mid-Level 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 5-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level 0 Square Feet
4th Highest Level 0 Square Feet
Mid-Level 0 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space certified Living under the Living Building Challenge:
0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at any level under other green building rating systems for new construction and major renovations:
0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that was designed and constructed in accordance with green building policies or guidelines but NOT certified:
12,917 Square Feet

A copy of the guidelines or policies :
The date the guidelines or policies were adopted:
May 15, 2006

A brief description of the green building guidelines or policies and/or a list or sample of buildings covered:

UVic's Campus Sustainability Guidelines were adopted in May 2006 and include the following main criteria for building construction:
- Reuse sites or previously paved sites, such as parking lots, whenever possible.
- Minimize the area of the site dedicated to building, parking and access roads.
- Specify procedures to protect the site during construction which include, at minimum, tree protection requirements, soil removal and erosion control.
- Educate building users on sustainable features, natural systems and environmental features.
- Provide showers and bike parking.
- Utilize energy modeling for new buildings to optimize energy performance and assess options.
- Periodically measure energy performance.
- Utilize natural/naturalized systems to manage storm water.
- Minimize extent of permeable surfaces.


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

UVic operates within a complex planning and regulatory environment. Planning for new capital projects is guided by obligations defined in the BC University Act, policies contained in the Campus Plan and regulations defined by Local Government Plans and Bylaws. Internal processes for project approvals include the Board of Governors, the Executive and the Campus Planning Committee which has the responsibility to ensure that policiies related to green building design and construction are adhered to by departments.


The website URL where information about the institution’s certified buildings and/or green building design and construction guidelines or policies is available:

Since 2006, all new campus buildings at UVic have been constructed to a minimum LEED Gold standard and/or in compliance to our own sustainable green building guidelines. The guidelines can be viewed here: https://www.uvic.ca/sustainability/assets/docs/SustainableCampusGuidelinesRev.pdf. All buildings constructed since 2007 have been built on former parking lots, have showers and bike parking.

UVic currently has six buildings with LEED Gold rating status and another one scheduled to be completed in 2015. LEED building guidelines can be found here: http://www.cagbc.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Programs/LEED/GoingGreenwithLEED/default.htm.

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