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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 77.18
Liaison Claudia Frere-Anderson
Submission Date Oct. 12, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Washington, Seattle
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.08 / 3.00 Claudia Frere-Anderson
Director
UW Sustainability
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
4,090,143 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 46,328 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Gold or at the 2nd highest level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 2,841,006 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 324,252 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Certified or certified at minimum level under another GBC rating system 432,399 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:
89.09

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

The UW has had a long standing Green Building program. The UW is a leader in sustainability and committed to implementing best practices in environmentally responsible construction for new buildings and major capital renovations. The University Executive Order Number 13, Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, was approved by President Michael Young on August 30, 2012, and has been reviewed by the Faculty Senate, Board of Deans, the Environmental Stewardship Committee and the policy sub-teams. .

The UW Green Building Standard, which is currently to build all new buildings to LEED Silver certification standards, ensures project managers have the necessary information to manage all capital projects to achieve the UW’s LEED and Climate Action Plan goals, track progress towards those goals and communicate with stakeholders about these efforts.

The UW is currently developing a new green building policy that is expected to be published in the 2018-2019 academic school year.

For a list of certified buildings on our campuses, visit the website below:
https://cpd.uw.edu/sustain/leed-projects

Information on the 19,300 sqf. West Campus Utility Plant (WCUP), an infrastructure building that utilized the Envision certification process for sustainable infrastructure, can be found at the link below. The Envision Gold certified WCUP project is the first Envision certified project at the UW and the first Higher-Ed certified building project in the United States. Envision is an independent third party rating system designed specifically for sustainable infrastructure projects and was created to evaluate, grade and give recognition to infrastructure projects that provide progress and contributions for a sustainable future. Like the LEED Rating System, its purpose is to foster a necessary and dramatic improvement in the performance and resiliency of physical infrastructure across the full economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainability.
https://sustainableinfrastructure.org/project-awards/west-campus-utility-plant/


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:
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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:

Presidents Executive Order 13: (uploaded below)
2. UW Building Policy (uploaded above)
3. Projects that are LEED certified http://f2.washington.edu/cpo/sustain/leed-projects
4. SustainAbilities Scorecard http://f2.washington.edu/cpo/cpo-sustainabilities-scorecard (See Blank Scorecard). Scorecards are completed on approx. 300 annual renovation projects..


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

State Law RCW 39.35D - High Performance Public Buildings - Requires at least LEED Silver Certification on new or major renovated projects that are funded by the State.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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As of October 2018, the UW currently has 11 LEED projects in process.

We are especially proud of our West Campus Utility Plan (WCUP) project completed in 2017 that is an infrastructure building that utilized the Envision certification process for sustainable infrastructure. The Envision Gold certified WCUP project is the first Envision certified project at the UW and the first Higher-Ed certified building project in the United States. Envision is an independent third party rating system designed specifically for sustainable infrastructure projects and was created to evaluate, grade and give recognition to infrastructure projects that provide progress and contributions for a sustainable future. Like the LEED Rating System, its purpose is to foster a necessary and dramatic improvement in the performance and resiliency of physical infrastructure across the full economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainability.
https://sustainableinfrastructure.org/project-awards/west-campus-utility-plant/

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.