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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 74.63
Liaison Moira Hafer
Submission Date July 30, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Stanford University
OP-16: Life Cycle Cost Analysis

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Moira Hafer
Sustainability Specialist
Office of Sustainability
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Does the the institution employ Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) as a matter of policy and practice when evaluating energy and water-using products and systems?:
Yes

Does the institution employ LCCA as a matter of policy and practice across the operations of the entire institution (i.e. all divisions)?:
Yes

A brief description of the LCCA policy(ies) and practice(s):

Stanford University has a long history of designing and constructing quality building projects. In continuing this tradition, Stanford seeks to ensure that new and renovated buildings meet student, staff, and faculty needs as effectively and efficiently as possible.To this end, Stanford's Department of Land, Buildings and Real Estate has developed a thorough Project Delivery Process (PDP) that addresses all aspects of planning, budgeting, design and construction.

Cost effectiveness is a key component of design at Stanford, and initial project costs are the focus of many activites in the PDP. The long term cost implications of building projects, however, range far beyond initial design and construction expenses.

To improve the cost-effectiveness of its building and renovation programs, Stanford must invest in designs and systems with improved long term performance. The Guidelines for Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) instruct Project Teams to consider not only the "first costs" of a building but also long term costs, including utilities, operations, and maintenance.

The full text of the guidelines can be found online here:
http://lbre.stanford.edu/sites/all/lbre-shared/files/docs_public/LCCA121405.pdf

LCCA reaches beyond the PDP at Stanford to sustainable purchasing broadly across all divisions of the university. For more information on LCCA and purchasing guidelines, please visit:
http://www.stanford.edu/group/fms/fingate/staff/buypaying/policy_notes/sustainable_purchase.html


The website URL where information about the institution’s LCCA policies and practices is available:

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