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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.

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Liaison Eric Boles
Submission Date Feb. 12, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Arkansas
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Jill Anthes
Campus Planner
Physical Plant
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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) Yes

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

As of fiscal year 2013, there are five green buildings certified by a third party verification system, three of which are LEED. The University of Arkansas has built one LEED Gold building, one LEED Silver building, and one LEED Certified building. Through Green Globes, there are two buildings with One Globe and Two Globe ratings.


Total floor area of eligible building space (design and construction):
7,807,144 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) 97,800 Square Feet
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) 16,972 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 101,089 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::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level ---
Mid-Level ---
Highest Achievable Level ---

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::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level ---
4th Highest Level ---
Mid-Level ---
2nd Highest Level ---
Highest Achievable Level ---

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:
61,200 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that was designed and constructed in accordance with green building policies or guidelines but NOT certified:
130,742 Square Feet

A copy of the guidelines or policies :
The date the guidelines or policies were adopted:
Nov. 1, 2006

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

Use the US Green Building Council’s LEED rating system OR the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes rating system as a tool in applying sustainable design principles, and as a measure of the sustainability achieved through the planning, design, and construction process. A LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations rating of SILVER (33-38 of 69 possible points) or the Green Globes equivalent rating of TWO GLOBES (55-69% of 1000 total points) is the standard to which University projects will be held. [NOTE: At this time, the University is not requiring formal certification of most its projects, though some projects may . However, the design and construction team will be required to submit a checklist and narrative to substantiate the measures taken to achieve the equivalent of the certification levels desired.]


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

Provide a life-cycle economic analysis of the sustainable strategies and features of the building, as well as an energy cost model that addresses all building system costs, such as building envelope, HVAC, and electrical systems. This analysis must be prepared by the designers of each project and submitted to the University for review.


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

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.