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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.07
Liaison Kathy Johnson
Submission Date April 21, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Black Hills State University
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.86 / 3.00 Katie Greer
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
"---" 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) :
74,046 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):
0 Square Feet

Percentage of newly constructed or renovated building space certified under a green building rating system for design and construction:
0

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

Crow Peak Residence Hall was built to LEED Silver standards and opened in 2015. The building is in process of certification.


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:
50,462 Square Feet

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

South Dakota has enacted legislation mandating the use of high-performance building standards in new state construction and renovations. This policy requires that new and renovated state buildings achieve the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver rating, a two-globe rating under the Green Building Initiative's (GBI) Green Globe rating system, or a comparable numeric rating from another accredited sustainable building certification program. The law applies to all new construction projects and renovations by state agencies, departments, or institutions that cost more than $1,000,000 or include more than 10,000 square feet of space. The standard only applies to buildings with heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

The Office of the State Engineer may issue a waiver to this requirement if:

The building will have minimal human occupancy;
The increased capital cost will not be recouped within 15 years from decreased operational costs;
The standard would conflict with existing historic properties laws;
The square footage of a renovation project is less than 50% of the total square footage of the building; or
The South Dakota Bureau of Administration (BOA) determines that the standard is impractical for a given project.
The BOA must adopt rules for determining compliance and issuing waivers under the standard. Any waivers issued by the BOA must be reported annually to the state legislature.


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:

All new construction at BHSU must meet a minimum of 33 point criteria for LEED™ certification. The categories include Sustainable sites, Water efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation & Design Process.


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

All South Dakota public institutions are required to comply with the state's green building design policy unless a waiver proving reasons for exemption has been accepted by the Bureau of Administration.


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