Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.90
Liaison Hannes Gerhardt
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of West Georgia
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.14 / 3.00 Hannes Gerhardt
Sustainability Director
Department of Geosciences
"---" 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) :
439,542 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 0 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):
65,151 Square Feet

Percentage of newly constructed or renovated building space certified under a green building rating system for design and construction:
14.82

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

UWG's Nursing Building (2013) received a 2-peach rating In Accordance with the
Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Construction Act of 2008 (O.C.G.A. § 50-8-18) in March 2015.

UWG designs all new buildings and major renovations in accordance with the State of Georgia's "Georgia Peach Green Building Standards". The Georgia Peach Green Building Rating System is A 4-tiered system followed in accordance with the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Construction Act of 2008 (O.C.G.A. §50-8-18) for state-owned buildings in Georgia. UWG requires a minimum of 2-Peaches to be pursued on all new construction.


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:
374,391 Square Feet

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

UWG is committed to achieving at least a 2 peach rating for every new and renovated building, which is supposed to correspond to LEED silver. In addition, UWG maintains its own purchasing guidelines, an energy/water management, as well as other specific guidelines (no net tree loss) that informs its building procedures.


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) No
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:

See the link in the optional fields below to find the energy/water management plans, and the attached document to view the purchasing guidelines.

Building covered:
Nursing Building
The Oaks (East Village)
Bowdon Hall
East Commons (Dining & HRL)


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

The university writes compliance into contracts for the buildings listed. A specific party is assigned as the commissioning agent to assure such specs are met.


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

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