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Submission Date March 6, 2020
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Washington University in St. Louis
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Railesha Tiwari
Sustainable Design and Construction Project Manager
Faciliites
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
2,085,399 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 650,150 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Gold or at the 2nd highest level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 1,037,312 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 356,237 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Certified or certified at minimum level under another GBC rating system 16,660 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:
98.80

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

The University has a LEED Silver minimum requirement for all new construction and major renovation projects. There are currently 28 LEED certified projects at WUSTL, including 4 Certified projects, 8 Silver projects, 13 Gold projects, and 3 Platinum projects. In addition, 5 projects are currently on track to achieve LEED Platinum certification and 1 project is on track to achieve Parksmart Silver certification.

The University is also home to one of the world's first fully certified Living Buildings. Completed in 2009, the Tyson Living Learning Center is net-zero energy and net-zero waste water.

International Living Future Institute Certified Living Building:
Tyson Living Learning Center

LEED Platinum:
Lofts of Washington University
Hillman Hall

LEED Gold:
Danforth University Center
Genome Sequencing Data Center
Brauer Hall
South 40 House Phase 2
Preston M. Green Hall
Family Learning Center
BJCIH
Knight/Bauer Hall
McMillan Hall Addition
4515 McKinley
New Rubelmann House

LEED Silver:
Village East
Busch Hall
South 40 House Phase 1
Umrath House
Cupples II
Umrath Hall
Data Center

LEED Certified:
Rudolph Hall
Seigle Hall
8th Floor McDonnell Hall
BJCIH 5th Floor Orthopedics


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:
25,040 Square Feet

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

Washington University's 2015-2020 Strategic Plan for Sustainable Operations outlines additional green building guidelines, including: a requirement that all new construction and major renovation should be 30% better than ASHRAE 90.1-2010, new construction will include building-level water meters, and new construction will include building-level energy metering. The strategic plan is available online: https://sustainability.wustl.edu/vision-progress/strategic-plan/


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:

As part of our commitment to sustainability, Washington University has adopted a policy that, as a minimum, all new buildings and renovations will be designed and constructed to incorporate green building guidelines based upon the following:

• Projects under $2 million
Green Building Guidelines shall be practiced . Design and construction practices and all material selections and their installation shall comply in strict accordance with the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
• Projects $2 - $5 million
Green Building Guidelines shall be practiced and documented. Submission to the USGBC for LEED certification shall be optional, on a per project basis. Design and construction practices and all material selections and their installation shall comply in strict accordance with the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
• Projects $5 million and above
Green Building Guidelines shall be practiced, documented and submitted to the USGBC for certification and achieve a minimum level of LEED silver under the selected and most applicable rating systems determined for each project. Projects will be reviewed in detail on an individual basis seeking silver to platinum status. The level of potential achievement will be determined for each project during the conceptual or preliminary design phase after completing a Washington University LEED Scorecard. All material selections and their installation shall comply in strict accordance with the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
See LEED Certified building list above.


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

The University employs LEED® Accredited Professionals on all major construction and renovation projects exceeding $2M in construction cost. These individuals are tasked with ensuring that the projects in question meet LEED Silver qualifications and, where possible and appropriate, LEED Gold or Platinum. Most all of WUSTL's projects have been submitted under LEED-NC, adhering to LEED 2009 standards.

In 2017, WashU hired a Sustainable Design and Construction Project Manager, Railesha Tiwari, for a joint position with the Office of Sustainability and Facilities Department. Her role is to foster sustainable design principles across all projects and help with not only achieving the university’s sustainable operations goals but to help set new goals that would make us leaders in sustainability among all educational institutions.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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The university has a firm commitment to green building design and construction. There are currently 24 LEED certified projects at Washington University, with several more under construction. In addition, the university has explored other building certification systems, including the International Living Building Institute's Living Building Challenge and GBCI's Parksmart program for parking structure design.

Completed in 2009, Washington University's Living Learning Center meets the most stringent green building standards of the time, the Living Building Challenge. To achieve certification, a "living building" requires no more energy than it produces, requires no more water than it captures, and produces zero waste. The Living Learning Center was one of the first living buildings in the world. See https://tyson.wustl.edu/living-learning-center/ for more information about the Tyson Living Learning Center.

In addition, a 273,889 SF parking garage is currently under construction and on track to be Parksmart certified. Parksmart is the world's only certification program that defines, measures, and recognizes high-performing, sustainable garages.

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