Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.65
Liaison John Gardner
Submission Date Nov. 27, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.02 / 3.00 John Gardner
Sustainability Planning & Policy Analyst
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) :
270,675 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 153,087 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 25,578 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:
66.01

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

Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex-LEED Gold-dedicated to the advancement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (153,087 gsf), opened in FY16.
Innovation Campus Accelerator Building-LEED Silver-a 25,578-square-foot facility that marries research with development, all focused on getting technology patented, licensed and into the marketplace, fostering economic growth and benefiting the university and its partners, which opened in FY15.


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:
92,010 Square Feet

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

For buildings that pertain to this credit, the DSF Sustainable Facilities Standards prescribe the minimum sustainable requirements for state construction and leased facilities and they apply to all DSF projects without exception, regardless of size or budget. The fundamental purpose is to improve the overall quality and usability of state owned and leased facilities and optimize monetary, material, environmental and human resources (see the attached copy of the requirements above).

As of April 2019, DFDM is currently in the process of updating the Sustainability Guidelines. At this time, DFDM suggests that institutions use the minimum sustainable requirements for state construction and leased facilities regardless of size or budget and points to the "AIA The COTE Top Ten Toolkit" for additional guidance.


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:

School of Freshwater Sciences Addition

DSF Sustainable Facilities Standards

The Building Commission Sustainable Facilities Policy, and the then Division of State Facilities (now Division of Facilities Development & Management) Sustainable Facilities Standards prescribe the minimum sustainable requirements for state construction and leased facilities which apply to all DSF projects without exception, regardless of size or budget. The fundamental purpose is to improve the overall quality and usability of state owned and leased facilities and optimize monetary, material, environmental and human resources.

First, the Building Commission Sustainable Facilities Policy set goals and direction. It does not prescribe a level of “performance”, but makes reference to and relies upon “guidelines and minimum standards." DSF developed the Sustainable Facilities Guidelines and Minimum Standards following the Building Commission policy statement and prescribed how the Policy was to be implemented. DSF already had policies, guidelines and standards established in the areas of energy conservation, air quality, water conservation, daylighting, recycling construction waste, use of recycled materials, commissioning, and erosion control within the DSF master specifications. Wisconsin Statutes and DSF policy and procedures also address sustainability. In some cases, there were conflicts within differing state agency policies and standards and the Sustainable Facilities Standards were used to better align these policies and standards as they relate to building design, construction, and operation.

The Standards are employed in concert with Agency program and technical requirements for the project, other DSF Design Guidelines, Energy Issues and Policies, and are neither subservient nor supersede them. Many requirements will apply to larger projects with multiple systems and components. Utility, maintenance and other smaller projects may incorporate only a few applicable standards to ensure a durable, sustainable design and construction.


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

The State of Wisconsin Sustainable Facilities Standards must be met even if LEED Certification is pursued (which was the case for all 3 buildings included in this credit-2 received LEED Gold and Silver Certification, while the School of Freshwater Sciences Addition was built to LEED Gold specifications but did not complete certification).

In order to ensure compliance with DSF's Sustainable Facilities Standards, a Sustainable Facilities Checklist identifies, records, and tracks the applicable standards for a project from Pre-Design through Post Construction. In addition, a number of steps through the design and construction process ensure accountability.

Accountability for Sustainability

The Division of State Facilities is accountable for implementing the sustainability policies of the State of Wisconsin Building Commission and for reporting on the results of these policies. Capital project and capital project portfolio performance information will be provided at least two times each year to the Commission. Meeting the sustainability guidelines of the Building Commission requires verification at several steps in the process of preparing and implementing capital projects.

Verification during Project Design

The division will include reporting information in design reports regarding the sustainability of capital projects using the reporting templates approved by the Commission. For projects that do not require design reports, verification will take place through the approved reporting templates approved by the Commission for such projects. The division will also report on overall portfolio performance.

Verification during Project Construction

The division will measure and include reporting information regarding the sustainability of capital projects achieved during construction using the reporting templates approved by the Commission. The division will also report on overall portfolio performance.

Verification following Construction

The division will include data collected and verified from commissioning, post occupancy, and operation periods for year 1 and year 2, then transition to operating reporting using the reporting templates approved by the Commission. The division will also report on overall portfolio performance.

Reporting on Construction Results

The division will include data and information on construction related items, such as recycling, avoidance of waste, and use of materials using the reporting templates approved by the Commission. The division will also report on overall portfolio performance.


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