Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 76.79
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date Jan. 27, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Victoria
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.10 / 3.00 David Perry
Director, Capital Development
Facilities Management Group
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
285,000 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 48,167 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 0 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:

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)

UVic has two buildings targeting LEED Gold certification, with applications in process:

- Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (2015)
- Facilities Management Service Building (2017)

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:
180,000 Square Feet

A copy of the green building guidelines or policies :
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 No

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

The UVic Campus Sustainability Guidelines outline the University of Victoria’s process for applying its sustainability objectives to major capital projects. These guidelines seek to achieve the following objectives:

- To ensure that campus building projects reflect the sustainability objectives of the Campus Plan and Sustainability Action Plan
- To provide a decision-making process to determine the costs and benefits of developing a
sustainable building project and certifying a project under the LEED (Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design) rating system.
- To provide more consistency and transparency in the decision-making process regarding
sustainability and green building design.
- To inform design teams of the University’s expectations with regard to incorporating
sustainable practices in construction projects
- Provide information on approaches and practices that can be integrated in the planning and
developing of future buildings and facilities.

While many of the Campus Sustainability Guidelines reflect the basic categories of the LEED rating system, they acknowledge that a campus environment enables one to move beyond the building-specific orientation of the LEED rating system. Because of its comprehensive nature and industry credibility, the LEED rating system is useful to the University as a goal-setting tool and benchmark for building sustainability.

Many of the university’s sustainability initiatives involve the entire campus, for example, transportation demand management, recycling programs, more compact development, and energy management initiatives. As such, these guidelines list campus wide strategies that may be used by members of the campus planning committees to make planning and siting decisions; as well as building-specific strategies that may guide the work of the project design/consulting teams.

Campus sustainability extends beyond sustainable buildings. The University has made considerable investments and progress in the areas of energy management, stormwater management, transportation demand management, habitat and natural features protection and restoration, and responsible waste management practices.

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 policies related to green building design and construction are adhered to by departments.

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

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 two more scheduled to be completed in 2017. LEED building guidelines can be found here:


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