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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 53.23
Liaison Ryan Kmetz
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

St. Lawrence University
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 3.00
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
45,000 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:
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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:
45,000 Square Feet

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

St. Lawrence University is committed to the concept of sustainability and environmental stewardship in the design and construction of new structures.The University will work with the architect, engineer and general contractor to take a collaborative and deliberate approach toward sustainable building design and construction.The University is also actively pursuing energy
conservation and sustainability measures. The integrative nature of building systems is considered for all aspects of the design and the process has been guided by the fact that sound business practices demand efficient use of the College’s financial resources. It is the University's intent to have new buildings designed and constructed to ASHRAE 189.1 guidelines. Titled, "Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings," and nicknamed "The Green Standard," ASHRAE has set out a path similar to that of LEED in the way it is met.

The goals of St. Lawrence’s Green Building Guidelines are as follows:
• To reinforce St. Lawrence University’s commitment to campus environmental excellence.
• To conduct the University’s design and construction process to prioritize energy and sustainability with a commitment to green building principles.
• To foster an integrative green design process that emphasizes a sensible commitment to green design and not simply an accumulation of LEED points.
• To enable the building to function as a first rate space while instructing and inspiring occupants in the principles of environmental sustainability.
• To create an awareness in the campus constituents regarding energy and resource efficiency in the University’s buildings.
• To respond to growing public awareness of environmental issues and human health concerns linked to buildings.
• To recognize that buildings are responsible for a significant portion of the nation’s energy use and environmental footprint.
• To embrace technological advances and the evolution of smart design practices that demonstrate energy conservation and sustainable design practices.


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:

It is the University's intent to have new buildings designed and constructed to ASHRAE 189.1 guidelines. Titled, "Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings," and nicknamed "The Green Standard," ASHRAE has set out a path similar to that of LEED in the way it is met. The Standard is, in many ways, even more restrictive than LEED in its requirements and recommendations.


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

Commissioning activities transform many building systems into an integrated whole. During all tests and performance protocols, a dedicated commissioning authority oversees the building team to ensure that the systems have been well-designed, appropriately installed and functionally tested, and that the staff is trained to operate and maintain the facility in conformance with design intent.


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