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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 61.37
Liaison Preston Jacobsen
Submission Date April 3, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Tennessee at Knoxville
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.23 / 3.00 Preston Jacobsen
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Services
"---" 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) :
1,730,932 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 0 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 210,085 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Certified or certified at minimum level under another GBC rating system 222,757 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:
25.01

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

UT Student Health Center – LEED BD+C Silver
UT Ayres Hall- LEED BD+C Silver

JINS -UT/ORNL Joint Institute of Neutron Sciences – LEED BD+C Certified
UT Min Kao Electrical & Computer Engineering Building – LEED BD+C Certified   


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:
1,298,090 Square Feet

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

In addition to the attached Tennessee High Performance Building Requirements Manual, UT also follows the The State of Tennessee Sustainable Design Guidelines:
https://tn.gov/assets/entities/generalservices/stream/attachments/080728_State_of_TN_Sustainable_Design_Guidelines_v5.pdf


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 No

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

The State of Tennessee High Performance Building Requirements, an Office of the State Architect (OSA) program acknowledged by the State Building Commission (SBC), are to be used in conjunction with Designer and Contractor contracts and related documents as well as other state manuals, standards, and guidelines. Referenced standards within the HPBr are intended to supplement and/or exceed the requirements of these other documents.
The Tennessee HPBr is to be utilized by the three State Procurement Agencies (SPAs): State of Tennessee Real Estate Asset Management (STREAM), Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), and the University of Tennessee (UT), as their minimum high performance building standard for Designers and Contractors. This is to ensure that the principles of high performance building design, construction, and operational practices are being implemented on State Building Commission projects. The HPBr has been created by the OSA, in collaboration with the three SPAs and with the assistance of consultant Smith Seckman Reid. Consideration of the Owner's operations profile (staff, resources and abilities), costs (first, life cycle, and long term operating), and benefits (economic, environmental, and social) has been taken in the development of the document. The HPBr is to be used as a mandatory design, construction, and operations tool for all SBC projects including: new construction, additions, and renovation/maintenance.
This Manual is to be used in conjunction with the Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR) and the Checklist (both explained below) to provide a high performance framework to the project team. At the beginning of each project, the Owner will use the Checklist and the OPR to determine and record the applicability of each credit to the particular project. Credit applicability is based on the building/site scope as well as classification according to the Applicability Tree (located in the OPR). Each project with more than 5 applicable credits must achieve a minimum of 50% of all applicable points, including all applicable Required credits and as many Elective credits as is necessary to achieve the project performance target. The Manual (this document) functions as a reference document, outlining the specific requirements of each credit. The OPR is to be used as an Owner’s tool for identifying project goals, outlining special building requirements, and providing commissioning guidance. The Checklist is a tracking tool to develop the list of applicable credits, determine minimum point requirements, set project point targets, and track progress towards those targets. The Checklist represents the HPBr compliance documentation for a project and must be maintained with the project records and submitted to the Office of the State Architect upon project close-out. This program expects all Designers and Contractors to only propose solutions which are consistent with the implied intent of each pursued credit and in compliance with the Owner's expectations as documented in the OPR and Checklist. The proposed solutions should also consider total cost of ownership, the project budget, and the maintainability of the solution.

Buildings designed and constructed in accordance with the Tennessee High Performance Building Requirements include:
University of Tennessee Student Union
Fred D. Brown Residence Hall
West Campus Orange Residence Hall
West Campus White Residence Hall
Volunteer Boulevard Parking Garage*
UT Facilities Services Complex
Strong Residence Hall
Stokely Family Residence Hall
*Garages are not included in square footage data.


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

Credit Responsibility – Design criteria of the HPBr are applicable during all phases of a project from initiation, approval, design, and construction. The Owner, Designer, and Contractor shall be responsible for specific credits as designated on the HPBr Checklist. The Owner will complete the OPR and a draft Checklist at the beginning of the project. The Designer shall submit an updated Checklist to the Owner at the end of each project design phase (Programming, SD, DD, CD) as a required deliverable before a Notice to Proceed (NTP) for the next phase of contracted work can be obtained. The Checklist automatically calculates the minimum point requirement to be 50% of the points identified as “applicable.” The Owner and Designer will then determine which of the applicable credits will be pursued. The Checklist is an Excel Workbook that tracks the status of each credit. Within the Checklist workbook are the following tools:
Credit Verification Form – During each phase (Programming, SD, DD, CD) the Project Team will verify the status of each credit the project is attempting by signing this form.
One-Time Completion Form – If the Owner determines that 5 (five) or fewer HPBr credits are applicable to the project’s building/site scope of work, this form may be used to identify those applicable credits. In this specific case, the project team must achieve the minimum performance threshold for each applicable credit. Once the form is complete, it is signed by the Owner, design team, and Contractor and filed. Using this form commits the project team to designing and constructing/implementing the applicable credits. Submission and approval of Verification Forms or any other information is subsequently not required. This form is intended for minor or routine projects with limited opportunities for enhancing building performance.


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