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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 Gold
Overall Score 70.78
Liaison Margaret Lo
Submission Date Sept. 1, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

George Mason University
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.41 / 3.00 Mary Liang
Sustainability Analyst
Sustainability
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
1,469,687 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 264,631 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):
231,085 Square Feet

Percentage of newly constructed or renovated building space certified under a green building rating system for design and construction:
33.73

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

George Mason University utilizes USGBC's LEED certification as well as the Commonwealth of Virginia's Virginia Energy Conservation and Environmental Standards (VEES). These guidelines are based off of the most common green building guidelines such as LEED and Green Globes.


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:
973,971 Square Feet

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

LEED Silver Certified Buildings:
-Taylor Hall
-Ike's
-Exploratory Hall

Virginia Energy Conservation and Environmental Standards certified:
-Rogers Residence Hall
-Whitetop Residence Hall

LEED certifications in progress:
- Point of View
- Smithsonian-Mason Front Royal
- Potomac Science Center
- Fenwick Library


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

In 2007, George Mason University's (Mason) Board of Visitors pledged that all of Mason new buildings will be designed and built to a minimum of US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard. Additionally, in Mason's Design Manual (2013), it states environmental goals and minimums for new construction and renovations of a certain size and criteria.


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