Buildings

Introduction

Buildings are generally the largest user of energy and the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions on campuses. Buildings also use significant amounts of potable water. Institutions can design, build, and maintain buildings in ways that provide a safe and healthy indoor environment for inhabitants while simultaneously mitigating the building’s impact on the outdoor environment.

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Energy use assessment of educational buildings: Toward a campus-wide sustainable energy policy

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Queensland University of Technology

The purpose of this article is to assess the viability of blanket sustainability policies, such as Building Rating Systems in achieving energy efficiency in university campus buildings. We analyzed the ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2017
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A post-occupancy evaluation of a green rated and conventional on-campus residence hall

  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • Royal Institute of Technology

Green buildings increasingly attract attention in the real estate sector, and the United States is no exception. Studies indicate that green rated buildings may bring higher rents and sales prices ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2017
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On-Site Energy Management by Integrating Campus Buildings and Optimizing Local Energy Systems, Case Study of the Campus in Finland

  • Aalto University

This research describes the potential study on the impact of energy improvements of existing campus buildings by on-site energy management and operational strategies. The focus buildings in the campus were ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2017
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Building Energy Performance in LEED 2009 vs. LEED v4

  • System WorCx (NC)

As of November 2016, newly registered LEED projects must use LEED v4. One of the key changes between LEED v4 and LEED 2009 is that option 1 under the Optimize ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Evalutation of TETFUND contributions for the management of universities for sustainable development in southeast Nigeria

  • Imo State University

Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) was established as an Intervention Agency under the Education Tax Act No. 7 in 1993 as Education Trust Fund. As an aspect of community participation ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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The Internet of Things (IoT) and the Student Experience: Sustainability by Design

  • The Sextant Group (PA)

Every day we hear of a new technology that is Internet-connected, enabled, enhanced! If they can afford it, college students are eager first adopters of these gadgets and their applications ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Literally Breaking Down Walls (Roofs and Floors too). Owner and Consultant Insight to Obtaining Sustainable Building Enclosures.

  • dbHMS (IL)

Sustainable buildings require complex analysis from various participants in a project team, which is especially true for developments in the MUSH market (Municipal, University, Schools K-12, and Hospitals). In a ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Smart Buildings - Integrating PoE with the IoT

  • Cree (NC)

The purpose of this presentation is to provide a better understanding of how the Internet of Things (IoT) and Power over Ethernet (PoE) have and will continue to change our ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Materials Health and Transparency: The Social, Physical, and Environmental Impacts

  • Bruner/Cott Architects (MA)

Material health and transparency are not only issues of sustainable building, but also social justice and public health. Building construction has both upstream and downstream consequences to people and communities ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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By Impacting Hearts and Minds, Emergent Leadership Transforms Brick and Mortar Projects Into Much More

  • The EMERGE Leadership Project (WA)

If conventional leadership was all that was needed to create a truly sustainable built environment - one that generates choices equitably -- we would be there already. This presentation offers the opportunity ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Creating a culture of operational visibility: the data-driven future of campus operations

  • Lucid (CA)

Vladi will explain how, by implementing cost-effective energy-efficiency measures, many colleges and universities have the potential to cut their energy bills by 30 percent or more. Yet campus sustainability practitioners ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sub-Metering and Energy Dashboard Networking

  • Macalester College (MN)

This networking session will allow individuals already engaged in a collaborative discussion about dashboards and energy metering to touch base. Any individuals wishing to learn more and become involved or ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Using Internet of Things to Track and Curb Energy Use in Dorms at Harvard University

  • Harvard University (MA)

How can we use data to inform and accelerate energy savings in undergraduate dorms? A Harvard student-led project called Networked Energy-saving Temperature Sensors (NETS) sought to answer this question by ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Readdressing Environmental Thinking in Residence Hall Design

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)

This presentation will examine the role of architectural design in promoting an ecological citizenship. By comparing traditional residence hall designs with contemporary residence halls as well as a LEED certified ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Green Lab and Green Office Programs at the University of Washington

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The Green Office and Green Lab programs at the University of Washington are an integral part of reaching our campus sustainability goals. These posters showcase offices and labs environmental impact ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Review of Sustainability Strategies of U.S. Universities and Federal Buildings

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Universities around the world share a common goal of making their campuses more sustainable and energy efficient. Significant investment has been made in the greening campus effort, yet the challenge ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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An Unlikely Match: Confined Budgets, Sustainable Campuses, Facade Innovation

  • BNIM Architects (MO)

High performance design strategies are realized by a collaborative, interdisciplinary team working towards a shared vision. The design of the maintenance and operations building provides a diverse user group an ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Community Engagement and Sustainable Buildings: A New Course from Pima Community College, Tucson 2030 District, and ENERGY STAR

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

This session will explore a recent successful collaboration between three entities to create a new community-focused sustainability course in Tucson, AZ: 'Sustainability and Building Performance - Foundations, Best Practices, and Implementation ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Key Facilities Metrics survey and Communicating Complex Issues Graphically

  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

Joint APPA/NACUBO Key Facilities Metrics survey is in its 4th year and has grown 49% in participation and campus use. Examine how complex consumption metrics of energy (BTU), electrical ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Deep Energy Retrofits: Warren Hall at Cornell University

  • FXFOWLE Architects (NY)

Learn how a pre-war, 130,000-square-foot classroom building at Cornell University was retrofitted to achieve LEED Platinum performance. The historic masonry building was fully renovated into a new, modern home ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Promoting Sustainability Teaching and Research at the Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station, Canada

  • University of Alberta (AB)

Built in 2015, the Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station's (AMLRS) mission is to promote research, enhance teaching, and develop partnerships for sustainability. Located in central Alberta's Prairie-Boreal ecotone ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Growing Fresh Air to Sustainably Support the Indoor Campus Environment

  • New York University (NY)

Introducing plants into work and study spaces on campus can have numerous benefits for the wellness of those who occupy these places. Bringing people closer to plants can also reinforce ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Motivating Students to Achieve 20% Electricity and Hot Water Savings in Campus Apartments

  • Clarkson University (NY)

Through Clarkson University's Smart Housing Project, we've shown 20% savings in daily electricity and hot water use for students receiving utility use interventions compared to students not receiving ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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What Sets Environmental Leadership? Depends on Your Approach: a case study of spray polyurethane foam insulation

  • Green Seal (DC)

Explore how 2 highly respected sustainability leaders, the Healthy Building Network and Green Seal, could disagree so dramatically about the inclusion of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) in an environmental leadership ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Raising Energy Efficiency on an Urban Campus

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IN)

As an Energy Engineering student at IUPUI, I have always idealized these initiatives to make our campus more energy-efficient. I have made a plan on how to change infrastructure and ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Wake Up & Dream: An Ecovillage Planning Experience on Campus

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)

Wake Up & Dream was a 12-month planning process that explored the idea of building an ecovillage as an alternative to convention campus housing. Nine speakers were brought to campus ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Net Zero 24/7: How Colorado College's 94k Square Foot Library Became a Carbon Reduction Strategy

  • Colorado College (CO)

Colorado College's 94,000 square-foot library is the first to be built for the college's unique block plan. It's also the first known library of it's ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Searching for the Higher Ed Context in the Analysis of Green Building Costs and Benefits

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Green building certification on campuses is relatively new. When determining the financial feasibility of a certified green building at an Institution of Higher Education (IHE), the full building lifecycle perspective ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Passive House Applications for Campus Buildings

  • FXFOWLE Architects (NY)
  • Local Practice Architecture + Design

This session will focus on the feasibility implementing the Passive House Standard in University Campus applications. FXFOWLE will share the results of a research study investigating the viability of implementing ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Bringing Private Sector Knowledge into the Public Domain: Achieving Sustainability Success

  • CRB (MO)

This presentation will explore examples of how industry and public private partnership models drive sustainability in innovative ways for project delivery. Case Studies are noted below: Bioscience 2 (Public Private ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Ecovillage + Innovation Village = The Future, now!

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)
  • Earth Deeds (MA)

Daniel Greenberg - exposed students for year to study abroad courses to ecovillages - has suggested that the ecovillage concept and university need each other. Nancy Gift - a professor at Berea College ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Energy Engineering for Non-Engineers

  • GreenerU (MA)
  • Babson College (MA)

As a sustainability change agent, you may not have a background in engineering, but developing a basic fluency in energy engineering terms and concepts can empower you to participate in ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Institutional Boundaries: Creating Clarity in a Time of Complex Third-Party Partnerships

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

When was the last time you thought about your 'institutional boundaries' - the first credit in AASHE STARS? As higher education institutions continue to expand and evolve through innovative third-party partnerships ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Collaborative Studio Re-Imagining Wood Design and Construction

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

In the face of new and shifting demands for sustainable practices imposed upon the building industry and the world of design, wood is gaining popularity as a biodegradable and renewable ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Outcomes of Collaborative Learning of Sustainable Building Design and Construction Practices

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

In this second paper, the authors present the formative evaluation results from research conducted during Fall 2016 at Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainable Living: Off-Grid Tiny Hydro Powered House

  • Kauai Community College (HI)

One of the major challenges in modern society is providing affordable housing for the everyday person. The next level to this challenge is providing housing that is both affordable and ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Engaging Students in Sustainable Living Without Social Media/Internet. Discussion for Sustainability Staff in Student Housing.

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford University's Residential & Dining Enterprises in partnership with students and academic departments have performed cutting edge research on student behavior and facility efficiency. Within just a few years ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Building infographics at the University of Washington

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

These posters showcase the environmental impact of buildings on campus, they're informative and show how much impact buildings have on the campus community.

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Leveraging Living Building Challenge Standards across Campus Operations

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Hampshire College (MA)

How do you show faculty, staff and students that a building is alive and empower them to keep it healthy? As the most stringent green building certification in the world ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Saving Energy and Creating a Constant, Consistent, Repeatable Lab Environment at The University of Maryland IBBR

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • Optimum Energy (WA)

The University of Maryland Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research will outline the steps they took to reduce their energy consumption, further improve their environmental stabilization plant's reliability and ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Advancing the Green Building Movement through Community Action & Learning

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

Every story about a green building is a story about people.' While many academic courses train students on the technical and philosophical aspects of sustainability, professional skills working with people ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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North Carolina State University: Performance, LEED, and the Arc Platform

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

This panel will present a case study on the experience of the North Carolina State University leveraging the Arc Platform and the performance approach as part of their LEED lab ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Growing the BULB; Urban Ecology and Butler University's Living Building

  • Butler University (IN)
  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)

The BULB sits at the highest and most iconic location on campus adjacent to Holcomb Observatory and within 100' of the Carillon Tower which connects to an 'organ' at the ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Tracking Campus Energy & Water Performance with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)

Keeping a university campus sustainable can start with tracking energy and water performance for a building. In this session, we will describe our experience with tracking building performance with an ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainability across the Life Cycle of Higher Education Facilities: Nationwide Trends & Practical Tools for Improvement

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Sightlines (CT)

We will highlight key findings from the second annual 'State of Sustainability' report from Sightlines and University of New Hampshire. This report examines publically available data across each stage of ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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That Status of LEED on College and University Campuses

  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • Leonardo Academy (WI)

This session provides an overview and analysis of the current state of the LEED rating system on college and university campuses based on the findings of Leonardo Academy's 2017 ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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How a New Learning Lab Becomes a Continuous Career Fair and Sustainability Jobs Hub

  • Sacramento City College (CA)
  • Trane (TX)

The Sacramento City College Mechanical Electrical Technology (MET) Program has been in place for decades. In recent years, enrollment has leveled off but local industry still has a relative high ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Transforming Sustainability at Texas A&M University

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Ayers Saint Gross (MD)

Prior to the master plan update, Texas A&M had a series of district plans to direct campus development. These plans supported various campus districts, but where the plan boundaries met ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Evaluating the Sustainability Outcomes Beyond LEED of Trinity University's Center for the Sciences and Innovation.

  • Trinity University (TX)
  • Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & Engineering (NY)

When evaluating the success of a sustainable building, metrics are often limited to LEED certification obtained and energy use. This case study of Trinity University's Center for the Sciences ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Expanding the Horizons of Campus Recycling: Addressing Expanded Polystyrene Waste at Three Institutions of Higher Education

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

College and university campuses strive to minimize waste and promote thoughtful disposal practices among campus residents. However, one material that presents unique challenges to sustainably manage is expanded polystyrene (EPS ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. Additional content and advanced benchmarking tools will be added to this tab over time.

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Veritiv

Sandy Springs, GA
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8760 Engineering

St. Louis, MO
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Energy Master Planning / Metering / Retrofits, Advanced Cx, Retro-Cx and Central Plant Optimization.

Arup

New York, NY
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BNIM Architects

Kansas City, MO
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Brightworks Sustainability

Portland, OR
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Buildpulse

Seattle, WA
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Delta M Incorporated

Milton, ON
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FXFOWLE Architects

New York, NY
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Glumac

Portland, OR
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Greenbank Associates

Piedmont, CA
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Green Building Services

Portland, OR
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GreenerU

Watertown, MA
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Hord Coplan Macht

Baltimore, MD
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Max-R

Sussex, WI
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Max-R is the innovator of the customized waste and recycling bin.

Miller Hull Partnership

Seattle, WA
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Nitsch Engineering

Boston, MA
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nora systems, Inc.

Salem, NH
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Quinn Evans Architects

Washington, DC
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SEQUIL Systems Inc

Delray Beach, FL
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The University Financing Foundation, Inc.

Kennesaw, GA
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Tork, an Essity brand

Philadelphia, PA
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SCA is a leading global hygiene products company that develops and produces sustainable personal care, tissue and forest products. Tork, a global brand of SCA, is a market leader and committed partner to customers in over 100 countries.