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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 56.19
Liaison Ali Dutton
Submission Date May 13, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Florida International University
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.90 / 3.00 Alexandra Dutton
Program Manager
Office of University Sustainability
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Does the institution have any building space certified under the following green building rating systems for new construction and major renovations?:
Yes or No
LEED or another 4-tier rating system used by an Established Green Building Council (GBC) Yes
The DGNB system, Green Star, or another 3-tier GBC rating system No
BREEAM, CASBEE, or another 5-tier GBC rating system No
The Living Building Challenge No
Other non-GBC rating systems (e.g. BOMA BESt, Green Globes) No

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

2010 - 2015 Buildings
Parking Garage 5 (not LEED)
SIPA (gold)
Parkview Residence Hall (silver)
Stocker Astroscience (silver)
Academic Health Center 4 (silver)
Academic Health Center 5 (silver)
MANGO (silver)
Parking Garage 6 (not LEED)


Total floor area of eligible building space (design and construction):
932,489 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 4-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level (e.g. LEED Certified) 0 Square Feet
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) 874,251 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 58,238 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 3-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
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Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 5-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
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Floor area of building space certified Living under the Living Building Challenge:
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Floor area of building space that is certified at any level under other green building rating systems for new construction and major renovations:
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Floor area of building space that was designed and constructed in accordance with green building policies or guidelines but NOT certified:
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A copy of the guidelines or policies :
The date the guidelines or policies were adopted:
May 25, 2007

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

Campus Master Plan

15.2 SUSTAINABLE DESIGN GUIDELINES
It is the intent of these guidelines to establish that FIU’s expectations is to build in an environmentally responsible manner which is sensitive to geography, sensitive to energy and resource consumption as well as supporting regional resources and strong local relationships.
These guidelines are aimed to establish direction for a successful outcome of new Buildings.
All buildings at FIU campuses will be required to follow the USGBC guidelines for a minimum LEED level of Silver certification. The criteria outline by the USGBC score card should be utilized and monitored at every phase of project.
All buildings must also meet basic Energy Star criteria and must comply with all the FIU building standards regarding Master plan infrastructure strategies and overall sustainable Campus practices.
The FIU sustainable office must review and comment during all phases of the project to Assure campus wide best practices are being taken into account.
All new buildings must meet all FIU building standard criteria that refers to hurricane preparedness assuring all building systems, envelop and infrastructure strategies are not in conflict or will enhance sustainable criteria, such as with storm water management, and overall water collection systems, day lighting, power redundancies, envelop materials and design.
The following drivers should be taken into consideration:
 Set goals and benchmarks for each building aligned with budget.
 Conduct site survey and evaluation of existing conditions
 Analyze various methods of meeting goals and benchmarks and use results to make
decisions.
 This analysis should be repeated during all phases to further refine and validate
decisions.
 Expected outcome must be reviewed and monitored during construction.
 This outcome should be measured to determine success and establish benchmarks
or lessons learned for future projects.

http://facilities.fiu.edu/Documents/Planning/MasterPlans/MasterPlans10_20/CMP_Update_Docs_10_20/CMP_Update_Chapters_10_20/Element_15_Architectural_Design_Guidelines.pdf


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

FIU is committed to build all new construction to a minimum of USGBC LEED Silver certification. The practice was adopted in 2007 when former President, Modesto Maidque signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. All buildings funded and built thereafter have met this criteria. The only buildings that are excused from this practice are parking garages because they can not be LEED certified. Market Station, the newest parking garage on campus has some mixed use areas including offices, a food court, and classrooms. This was built to LEED certification but could not be certified. While FIU is committed to building to a minimum of LEED Silver, FIU strives to hit the higher levels. Currently FIU has one LEED Silver and one LEED Gold certified building; there are currently 4 buildings under construction that will hit LEED Silver or Gold certification.


The website URL where information about the institution’s certified buildings and/or green building design and construction guidelines or policies is available:

Parking Garage 5 and Parking Garage 6 were not included in eligible building space totals.

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