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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 81.30
Liaison Sarah Munro
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Connecticut
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.11 / 3.00 Sarah Munro
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Environmental Policy
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
343,111 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 147,130 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 164,378 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Certified or certified at minimum level under another GBC rating system 31,603 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:

McMahon Dining Hall and Interior Renovation, Laurel Hall, Oak Hall

Burton Football Complex and Shenkman Training Center, Bousfield Psychology Building Addition, Storrs Hall Addition, Torrey Life Sciences Lab Renovation, Werth Basketball Center, Young Building Renovation, Gentry Renovation

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:

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:

UConn Sustainable Design and Construction Policy:
As of summer 2016, mandates that all new construction and renovation projects that exceed $5 million meet, at a minimum, LEED Gold certification.


Campus Sustainability Design Guidelines (Planning Sustainable Sites, Safeguarding Water, Conserving Materials and Resources, Improving Energy Efficiency, and Enhancing Indoor Environmental Quality):


Climate Action Plan:
pp 33; Policy for Use of Environmentally Preferable Cleaning & Sanitizing Products
pp 59-62; Strategy E.2: Reduce Demand (Establish a program to continuously commission buildings, Adjust building temperature set points and occupancy schedules, establish a lighting update program, etc.)
pp 62-63; Strategy E.3.2 Expand and better integrate current energy monitoring efforts, E.3.5 Improve the efficiency of building HVAC systems, E.3.7 Develop and implement an equipment energy efficiency purchasing policy
pp 64; E.4.3 Identify and evaluate applications for variable-frequency drives (VFDs)
pp 68-70; Strategy S.D.1: Green the campus buildings and renovation process
pp 77-79; S.D.5 Embody and implement low impact development principles
pp 80; Upgrade water fixtures in campus buildings to maximize efficiency

Building Automation Systems Standards (pp 9-10; 3.14 DDC Sensors and Point Hardware, pp 15-31; 5 Sequence of Operation):


UConn Design Guidelines and Performance Standards:
pp 21-25; Environmental Sustainability (Site Selection, Energy Conservation, Renewable Energy Sources, Water Conservation, Stormwater Management, Refrigerants)
pp 27; Exterior Building Lighting (“dark skies” provisions)
pp 95; 14.16 Metering of Hydronic Piping Systems
pp 105; 15.14 Electrical Metering Requirements


Sustainability Framework Plan (pp 9-12; Energy, Water, Land, Materials):

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

Board of Trustees approval is required for a project to be exempt from LEED Gold certification.

The University has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Eversource, an electric utility company, for them to help us reduce UConn’s energy consumption by 10% over 3 years. UConn is currently in the third year of the MOU.

The Green Cleaning Policy sighted above in the University’s Climate Action Plan is a state-mandated policy.

The Climate Action Plan is a commitment that was signed by the President of the University.

A designer or consultant is contractually obligated to abide by UConn’s Design Guidelines and Construction Policy (pp 10; definition of Designer)

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

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