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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 66.74
Liaison joni newcomer
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

New Mexico State University
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.91 / 3.00 joni newcomer
Mgr. Env. Policy and Sustainability
Facilities and 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) :
629,992 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 249,425 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 188,927 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:
69.58

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

NMSU uses the LEED rating system. The following buildings were certified between January 2014 and Dec. 31, 2016:
Center of the Performing Arts - Gold Certification
Barnes and Nobles Bookstore - Gold Certification
Chamisa Village Phase Two - Gold Certification
NMDA Addition and Remodel - Gold Certification
Health and Social Services Annex - Gold Certification
American Indian Student Center - Silver Certification
Undergraduate Learning Center - Silver Certification
Pete Domenici Institute for Public Policy - Silver Certification
Jett Hall/Jett Annex Renovations and Additions - Silver 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:
206,640 Square Feet

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

Other than our LEED Silver requirement our Facilities and Services department have policies in each shop (plumbing, HVAC, grounds, etc.) for using low-flow fixtures, variable speed fans, drip systems, etc. Our Facilities and Services department is very dedicated to sustainable construction, renovation, and upgrades.


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 No

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

Depending on the project and scope of renovations, we may not go for LEED certification. Instead, we still require the architect and contractor to build to LEED Silver standards whenever possible.

Following is a list of buildings that meet the above declaration:
Corbett Center Student Union Renovation
Corbett Center Student Union Dining Services Renovation
Gerald Thomas Hall/Academy of Wine Renovation
NMSU Spiritual Center
Tejada Building Room 102 Renovation
Aggie Memorial Stadium Sky box
Women's Swim Team Locker/Shower Room Renovation
Football Locker Room Renovation
Satellite Chilled Water Plant


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

On January 16, 2006, Bill Richardson, Governor of the State of New Mexico, signed Executive Order #2006-001 requiring all Executive Branch state agencies, including the Higher Education Department, adopt the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System.

In addition to complying with the Executive Order, New Mexico State University will design and construct all new building and renovation projects to meet the USGBC guidelines for a minimum of LEED “Silver” certification.

New projects that are unable to achieve a minimum LEED Silver certification and do not involve enough changes to the buildings will still be designed and constructed using the U.S. Green Building Council’s guidelines for LEED criteria as a framework for making decisions related to sustainable design. Every new construction project will be commissioned by a third party commissioning agent to ensure that the building is built accordingly and operates according to the design parameters.


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Additional documentation to support the submission:

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