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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 51.71
Liaison Jeffrey Severin
Submission Date July 17, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Kansas
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.09 / 3.00 Paul Graves
Deputy Director
Design & Construction Management
"---" 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) No

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

1) Center for Design Research certified LEED Platinum and PHIUS
2) Hill Engineering Research & Development Center certified LEED Platinum


Total floor area of eligible building space (design and construction):
256,707 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) ---
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) ---
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) ---
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) 7,492 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:
0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at any level under other green building rating systems for new construction and major renovations:
0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that was designed and constructed in accordance with green building policies or guidelines but NOT certified:
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A copy of the guidelines or policies :
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The date the guidelines or policies were adopted:
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A brief description of the green building guidelines or policies and/or a list or sample of buildings covered:

Design & Construction Management (DCM) requires all new buildings, major additions, and major renovations to exceed ASHRAE 90.1 (2007) energy efficiency standards by a minimum of 30 percent. Combined with other criteria, most, if not all, new building and major renovation at KU effectively meets or exceeds LEED Silver criteria. Recent projects meeting these standards include:
1) School of Pharmacy
2) KU Transit Facility
3) Measurement, Materials, and Sustainable Environment Center


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

KU Design and Construction Management (DCM) retains architectural and engineering consultants that are LEED-certified for all new buildings and major renovation projects. DCM treats the KU Design & Construction Standards as a living document, continually updating it as necessary/appropriate. A recent example is the updates made to standard design details to reflect the new ADA criteria effective March 2012.


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.