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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 69.60
Liaison Shanna Eller
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.37 / 3.00 Trey McDonald
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
"---" 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:

The primary green building rating system that the university utilizes is LEED® for New Construction and Major Renovations. The 2009 strategic plan mandates all new major projects meet LEED Silver standards.

List of CERTIFIED Buildings:
1. Academic Classroom and Office Bldg. – Certified LEED Gold 2011
2. Jefferson Suites Residence Hall – Certified LEED Silver in 2013
3. Quad Housing Project – Certified LEED Gold 2013

List of REGISTERED Buildings:
4. Spartan Village Student Housing – PH. I (Construction COMPLETE – LEED Certification PENDING).
5. Campus Police Building (Construction COMPLETE – LEED Certification PENDING).
6. Moran Commons/Dining Hall Renovation (UNDER Construction – LEED Certification PENDING).
7. Student Recreation Center (UNDER Construction – LEED Certification PENDING).


Total floor area of eligible building space (design and construction):
1,417,770 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) 0 Square Feet
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) 171,004 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 349,757 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:
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:
743,708 Square Feet

A copy of the guidelines or policies :
The date the guidelines or policies were adopted:
Dec. 18, 2014

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

UNCG Facilities Design and Construction maintains an updated set of guidelines to assist architects and engineers when working on new construction and major renovation projects on campus. These included university specific systems that are required to maintain operation and functionality on the campus, as well as best practices from projects completed on the campus over the last twenty-plus years. The guidelines have recently been updated (December 2014) to include items related to sustainability such as reduced maintenance, material and equipment selections, and reducing both energy and water consumption.


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

The 2009 UNCG strategic plan, UNCG Tomorrow, mandates that all new major projects to meet LEED Silver standards at a minimum. All new buildings and major renovations must comply with standards established by NC Senate Bills 668 and 1946. These established a new Sustainable, Energy Efficient Buildings Program, with specific energy and water efficiency requirements for major new and renovated State-funded facilities that enter their schematic design phase on or after August 8, 2008. These requirements have been incorporated into State construction requirements (http://www.nc-sco.com/documents/guidelines/EEREPORT.pdf).

The State Sustainability Policy also includes a section on new construction: "Design and Construction: Capital project planning and construction processes shall meet statutory energy and water efficiency requirements and deliver energy, water, and materials efficient buildings and grounds that minimize the impact on and/or enhance the site and provide good indoor environmental quality for occupants."

UNCG’s Design and Construction Guidelines, General Design Standards, state: “Designers shall consider long-term durability and maintainability when selecting and specifying materials and equipment. Life cycle cost including installation, maintenance, and disposal will be considered in the selection of building systems and equipment. The designer must develop life cycle cost studies and present the information for review by the University to assist with the selection of materials and equipment on major renovation and new construction projects.” These guidelines complement the state mandates (http://www.northcarolina.edu/apps/policy/index.php?pg=vs&id=5606).

All designers are required to design new and renovated buildings in accordance with these guidelines. The professional design staff at UNCG reviews the design documents and monitors the construction to ensure all guidelines and policies are followed. Either the design consultant or a member of the FDC staff submits the templates to USGBC for certification on those projects seeking LEED certification. UNCG has 5 LEED APs and 1 LEED Green Associate on staff.


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

Information for this credit was received from Matt Takacs, Assistant Director of Project Management, Facilities Design and Construction at UNCG.

See also: Sustainable Energy Efficient Buildings report from the North Carolina State Construction Office:
http://www.nc-sco.com/documents/guidelines/EEREPORT.pdf

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.