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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 69.02
Liaison Sara McKinstry
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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University of California, San Diego
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.33 / 3.00 Walt Kanzler
Program Manager
Capital Program Management
"---" 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) :
3,808,988 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 380,456 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Gold or at the 2nd highest level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 2,150,814 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 1,179,041 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Certified or certified at minimum level under another GBC rating system 90,677 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:

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

All new construction and major renovation projects must be at least LEED Silver or better. We often reach LEED Gold or Platinum.

Data are for 2009 - 2017.

- Charles David Keeling Apartments (Revelle College Apts) (2012): OGSF: 153,981
- Marine Ecosystem Sensing, Observation and Modeling Laboratory (2014): OGSF 30,500
- Health Sciences Biomedical Research Facility 2 (2016): OGSF 195,975

- Rita Atkinson Residences (Health Sciences Grad Housing) (2011): OGSF 219,287
- Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center (2011): OGSF 138,250
- The Village at Torrey Pines East (North Campus Housing Ph. 2) (2011): OGSF 266,747
- Tamarack Apartments (Muir College Apts) (2012): OGSF 100,000
- Telemedicine & Prime Heq Education Facility (2012): OGSF 98,515
- Structural and Materials Engineering Building (2013): OGSF 165,812
- The Village at Torrey Pines West (North Campus Housing Phase 1) (2013): OGSF 373,929
- Wells Fargo Hall (Rady School of Management Phase 2) (2013): OGSF 81,776
- Sanford Consortium of Regenerative Medicine (2013): OGSF 150,700
- Jacobs Medical Center Central Utilities Plant (2014): OGSF 39,308
- Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (2016): OGSF 361,900
- 64 Degrees Cafe (2016): OGSF 34,257

- East Campus Graduate Housing (2013): OGSF 550,174
- East Campus Office Building (ECOB) (2013): OGSF 75,000
- East Campus Parking Structure (2013): OGSF 470,200
- Housing & Dining Services Administration Building (2013): OGSF 42,124
- SIO Research Support Facility (2013): OGSF 24,500

- Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science and the Environment (2009): OGSF 16,530
- RIMAC Annex (2010): OGSF 15,237

- Mesa Childcare Center (2009): OGSF 2,044
- Sustainability Resource Center (2010): OGSF 986
- Steward Commons Renovation (2011): OGSF 20,186
- Student Health Services Renovation, including The Zone (2013): OGSF 6,817
- Blake Hall Renovation (2015): OGSF 58,000
- Galbraith Hall Renovation (2015): OGSF 32,300

- Goody's Place and Market (2010): OGSF 4,385
- Muir Biology Building 3rd Floor Lab (2015): OGSF 12,658

- Torrey Pines Center North Renovations (2012): OGSF 58,900

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:
0 Square Feet

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

See http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/3100155/Sustainable%20Practices and the attached UC San Diego-specific document.


New Buildings
1. All new building projects, other than acute care facilities, shall be designed, constructed, and commissioned to outperform the CBC energy-efficiency standards by at least 20% or meet the whole-building energy performance targets listed in Table 1 of Section V.A.3. The University will strive to design, construct, and commission buildings that outperform CBC energy efficiency standards by 30% or more, or meet the stretch whole-building energy performance targets listed in Table 1 of Section V.A.3, whenever possible within the constraints of program needs and standard budget parameters.

2. * Approved in 2017 and being implemented in 2018 though not yet in UC Sustainability Policy* No new building or major renovation that is approved after June 30, 2019 shall use onsite fossil fuel combustion (e.g., natural gas) for space and water heating (except those projects connected to an existing campus central thermal infrastructure). Projects unable to meet this requirement shall document the rationale for this decision as described in Section V.A.4.

3. Standards for energy efficiency for acute care facilities will be developed in consultation with campuses and medical centers.

4. All new buildings will achieve a USGBC LEED “Silver” certification at a minimum. All new buildings will strive to achieve certification at a USGBC LEED “Gold” rating or higher, whenever possible within the constraints of program needs and standard budget parameters.

5. The University of California will design, construct, and commission new laboratory buildings to achieve a minimum of LEED “Silver” certification as well as meeting at least the prerequisites of the Laboratories for the 21st Century (Labs21) Environmental Performance Criteria (EPC) Laboratory spaces in new buildings also shall meet at least the prerequisites of Labs21 EPC. Design, construction, and commissioning processes shall strive to optimize the energy efficiency of systems not addressed by the CBC energy efficiency standards.

6. All new building projects will achieve at least two points within the available credits in LEED-BD+C’s Water Efficiency category.

Building Renovations

6. Major Renovations of buildings are defined as projects that require 100% replacement of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and replacement of over 50% of all non-shell areas (interior walls, doors, floor coverings and ceiling systems) shall at a minimum comply with III.A.3 or III.A.4, above. Such projects shall outperform CBC Title 24, Part 6, currently in effect, by 20%. This does not apply to acute care facilities.

7. Renovation projects with a project cost of $5 million or greater(CCCI5000)that do not constitute a Major Renovation as defined in item III.A.6. shall at a minimum achieve a LEED-ID+C Certified rating and register with the utilities’ Savings by Design program, if eligible. This does not apply to acute care facilities.


New Buildings and Major Renovations
1. Projects will utilize the versions of the CBC energy efficiency standards and of LEED-BD+C that are in effect at the time of first submittal of "Preliminary Plans" (design development drawings and outline specifications) as defined in the State Administrative Manual.

2. If eligible, all new buildings and major renovations (as defined in III.A.1) will register with the Savings By Design program in order to document compliance with the requirement to outperform CBC energy efficiency standards by at least 20%.

3. Projects opting to use energy performance targets for compliance with III.A.1 will at a minimum use the whole-building energy performance target listed below that corresponds to the year of the project’s budget approval. The whole-building energy performance target is expressed as a percentage of the sum of the Annual Electricity and Annual Thermal targets (converted to kBTU/gsf-yr) published as Table 1, UC Building 1999 Energy Benchmarks by Campus, in Sahai, et al. 2014.7

Calendar Year 2015-2016: 65% Compliance Target; 50% Stretch Target
Calendar Year 2017-2018: 60% Compliance Target; 45% Stretch Target
Calendar Year 2019-2020: 55% Compliance Target; 40% Stretch Target
Calendar Year 2021-2022: 60% Compliance Target; 45% Stretch Target

Locations will demonstrate compliance based on the results of energy modeling that represents a best estimate of as-operated, whole-building energy use, before accounting for on-site energy generation. Targets are intended to be verifiable in actual operation following building occupancy.Projects are also required to model and report on the following metrics: • annual electricity consumption (kWh/gsf/yr)

** Approved in 2017 and to be added starting in 2018** 4. Decisions affecting energy efficiency, fossil fuel use, and connection to existing central thermal services shall be made in the context of the location's climate action plan. Where onsite fossil fuel combustion within the building is deemed necessary, the rational for this decision shall be documented as part of the existing project approval process. The submittal should include the following:

a. An estimate of annual electricity and gas use for the project as
well as the project's target design energy use in thousand British thermal units (kBtu) per square foot.

b. An explanation of why fossil fuel combustion is required for the project and what other alternatives were evaluated.

c. Ananalysis explaining whyfossil-fuel combustion is the most cost-effective energy source for the identified project specific applications.

d. A plan to mitigate, by 2025, the associated greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the location's Climate Action Plan.

This documentation is part of the broader project approval process and does not require separate UCOP approval. Draft information should be submitted prior to budget approval as part of a Project Planning Guide, Delegated Authority Project Certification Checklist or related ancillary document. This information should be updated prior to design approval.
This justification is part of the broader project approval process and does not require separate approval.

UC San Diego General Design Guidelines:

The UC San Diego Design Guidelines (2017) are organized into four Divisions to coincide with the basic progression of facilities development. Division I, General Guidelines, contains overarching guidance on topics such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Health and Safety, and structural engineering. Division II, Site Requirements, contains guidance for pre-, during, and post-construction requirements for civil engineering, landscape, and recycled water aspects of facility construction. Division III, Building Guidelines, contains building-specific guidance for architecture, plumbing, electrical power, and lighting, among others. Division IV, Specialized Building Type Guidelines, contains specific guidance for classrooms, laboratories, and building security.

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) No
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:

See above

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

LEED Silver or better certification and 20% above Title 24 energy code is required of all projects. Sustainability/green building requirements are put into all RFI's and RFP's and required of all contractors. Building commissioning staff sit on building advisory committees to work with not only contractors but also Design Services and Capital Program Management staff throughout the building design, construction and commissioning processes.

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

See also http://ucop.edu/sustainability/policy-areas/green-building/uc-leed-certified-projects.html.

Walt Kanzer and Dennis Brown are contact for LEED NC and CI. Dave Weil and Sara McKinstry are contacts for LEED EBOM.

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