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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 67.42
Liaison Beverley Ayeni
Submission Date Oct. 6, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Western University
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.54 / 3.00 Stefanie De Adder
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities 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:

In 2008, Western established an operational policy that all new building construction and retrofits will achieve a minimum LEED Silver certification. In 2014, this policy was revised to say: "Best efforts should be made to undertake design and construction at a level to achieve a minimum of LEED silver certification, noting there may be renovation projects where this is not achievable without significant additional expenditures. In this case, the Vice-President (Resources & Operations) shall have the final recommendation. This statement does not mean that formal certification will be sought."

Currently, Western has 1 LEED New Construction building on campus:

LEED Gold (1 building): Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavillion

Buildings that underwent construction within the previous 5 years (2009-2014):
- CMLP: LEED Gold
- Western Student Services Building


Total floor area of eligible building space (design and construction):
119,031 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) ---
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 43,843 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:
---

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

Floor area of building space that was designed and constructed in accordance with green building policies or guidelines but NOT certified:
75,188 Square Feet

A copy of the guidelines or policies :
The date the guidelines or policies were adopted:
June 24, 2010

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

ustainability in Design of Facilities: In planning the campus of the future the University will incorporate sustainability of the environment in the planning and design process. This includes promoting energy conservation in the operation of facilities, provision of facilities to support alternate transportation arrangements, and the protection of natural and wetland areas throughout the campus (Western Master Plan, 2007)
http://www.uwo.ca/pvp/strategic_plan/documents/MasterPlanFinalSept-07.pdf

*Sample taken directly from Existent Practices and Guidelines at Western for Building Operations and Maintenance


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

Western's compliance with sustainable building operation and maintenance guidelines and practices can be found under the following link:
http://uwo.ca/ppd/documentation/WesternSusPracticesPolicies.pdf


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

List of buildings that were built or have undergone major renovations/constructions in the past 5 years (2009-2014):

1. CMLP: LEED GOLD, New bldg, 43,843 sq ft
2. Western Student Services Building: New bldg, 75,188 sq ft

Construction/renovation projects that fall out of 5-year timeframe (and not included in eligible building space):

- Avian Research: 16,705 sq feet (completed in 2008)
- Support Services Building: 159,999 sq feet (completed in 2008)
- Western Sports & Rec. Center: 175,616 sq feet (completed in 2007)
- Althouse College: 144063 sq feet (99% renovated (floor, ceilings, windows, shades, electric power)- not considered for LEED
- Biology & Geology Sciences: not eligible because renovation affected less than 50% of total building floor area (59,129 out of 171,202 sq ft)
- Robarts Research Institute: not eligible because renovation affected less than 50% of total building floor area (2,660 out of 205,175 sq ft)

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.