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.

Featured Resources

565 resources

Restroom Water Reduction Potential at an Urban University

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

A water audit was conducted at a variety of University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) campus buildings to help evaluate the potential to conserve water and save the university money ...

  • Posted April 20, 2017
  • Publications
  • View more

From Reactive to Proactive: Findings From Analyzing 400 School Buildings

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Buildpulse (WA)

Facility teams are extremely busy, and have a growing workload that is tackled with resources that are spread increasingly thin. Automating even a small portion of their jobs can free ...

  • Posted March 21, 2017
  • Videos & Webinars
  • View more

LEED Certification of Campus Buildings: A Cost-Benefit Approach

  • Seton Hall University (NJ)

No comprehensive study has been done within the higher education sector to see if Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification makes sense economically. This study helps fill the ...

  • Posted March 20, 2017
  • Publications
  • View more

The business case for high performance green buildings: Sustainability and its financial impact

  • Johnson Controls, Inc (WI)

This paper endeavours to present building owners, managers, architects and design/builders with a compelling business case for considering a green building for their new construction projects. A green building ...

  • Posted March 20, 2017
  • Publications
  • View more

Green Building Performance: A Post Occupancy Evaluation of 22 GSA Buildings

  • U.S. General Services Administration

Do “green” buildings deliver the performance they promise? To answer this question, the General Services Administration (GSA) selected 22 representative green buildings from its national portfolio, including 12 buildings whose ...

  • Posted March 20, 2017
  • Publications
  • View more

The Business Case for Green Building: A Review of the Costs and Benefits for Developers, Investors and Occupants

This report examines whether or not it is possible to attach a financial value to the cost and benefits of green buildings. Today, green buildings can be delivered at a ...

  • Posted March 20, 2017
  • Publications
  • View more

Environmental perceptions and health before and after relocation to a green building

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • State University of New York Upstate Medical University (NY)
  • Syracuse University (NY)

Green buildings are designed to have low environmental impacts and improved occupant health and well-being. Improvements to the built environment including ventilation, lighting, and materials have resulted in improved indoor ...

  • Posted March 20, 2017
  • Publications
  • View more

Do Green Buildings Outperform Conventional Buildings? Indoor Environment and Energy Performance in North American Offices

A comprehensive post-occupancy investigation of the performance of ìgreenî and ìconventionalî office buildings has been completed. The study included occupant surveys and physical building and energy use data collected from ...

  • Posted March 20, 2017
  • Publications
  • View more

The impact of working in a green certified building on cognitive function and health

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • State University of New York Upstate Medical University (NY)

Thirty years of public health research have demonstrated that improved indoor environmental quality is associated with better health outcomes. Recent research has demonstrated an impact of the indoor environment on ...

  • Posted March 20, 2017
  • Publications
  • View more

Green Buildings and Health

  • Harvard University (MA)

Green building design is becoming broadly adopted, with one green building standard reporting over 3.5 billion square feet certified to date. By definition, green buildings focus on minimizing impacts ...

  • Posted March 20, 2017
  • Publications
  • View more

Effects of Green Buildings on Employee Health and Productivity

  • Michigan State University (MI)

We investigated the effects of improved indoor environmental quality (IEQ) on perceived health and productivity in occupants who moved from conventional to green (according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental ...

  • Posted March 20, 2017
  • Publications
  • View more

Associations of Cognitive Function Scores with Carbon Dioxide, Ventilation, and Volatile Organic Compound Exposures in Office Workers: A Controlled Exposure Study of Green and Conventional Office Environments

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • State University of New York Upstate Medical University (NY)
  • Syracuse University (NY)

Background: The indoor built environment plays a critical role in our overall well-being because of both the amount of time we spend indoors (~90%) and the ability of buildings to ...

  • Posted March 20, 2017
  • Publications
  • View more

Renewable Energy 100: The Course to a Carbon-Free Campus

  • Allegheny College (PA)
  • University at Albany (NY)
  • Georgetown University (DC)
  • Butte College (CA)
  • Ball State University (IN)
  • University of Louisville (KY)
  • University of Delaware (DE)

America’s institutions of higher education can play a crucial role in the fight to prevent the worst impacts of global warming. Colleges and universities across the country should aggressively ...

  • Posted March 14, 2017
  • Publications
  • View more

University of Chicago New Construction Procurement Case Study: Securing Your Investment in Sustainability

  • University of Chicago (IL)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Seventhwave (WI)

Join AASHE and Second Nature for an in-depth look under the hood of the University of Chicago’s innovative procurement approach to establish a measurable energy performance requirement in their ...

  • Posted March 7, 2017
  • Videos & Webinars
  • View more

The State of Sustainability in Higher Education 2016: The Life Cycle of Higher Education Facilities

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

Over the past two decades, colleges and universities have embraced numerous programs to minimize their environmental impact.

What were the “wins” for sustainability in higher education in 2016?

The annual ...

  • Posted Feb. 13, 2017
  • Publications
  • View more

The Use of LEED® Building Standards In the College and University Marketplace

  • Leonardo Academy (WI)

Leonardo Academy released a survey report about the use of the LEED® green building rating system among colleges and universities in the United States.

The data gathered from survey responses ...

  • Posted Feb. 13, 2017
  • Publications
  • View more

Barriers to adoption of campus green building policies

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Purpose - The focus of this paper is on environmental protection, specifically within the context of green building at institutions of higher education (IHEs). One major reason why many IHEs are ...


Engaging sustainability good practice within the curriculum design and property portfolio in the Australian higher education sector

  • Deakin University

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the extent to which universities’ strategic plans affect the level of incorporation of sustainability within the curriculum design and property portfolio ...

  • Posted Jan. 18, 2017
  • Publications
  • View more

Greener Cleaning Playbook: A guide to help sports venue operators develop a greener cleaning program

  • Green Sports Alliance (OR)

This Playbook is designed to help sports facilities reduce the health and environmental threats associated with cleaning sports venues. Beyond protecting health, the cleaning industry uses significant quantities of chemicals ...


Zero Waste: Data, Infrastructure, and Engagement Return Recycling Case Study

  • New York University (NY)
  • Return Recycling (NY)

Return Recycling is a student-led organization devoted to building a concrete understanding for waste data, infrastructure, and engagement. Over the past year we've prototyped new (self-designed) recycling bins, developed ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

LEED Green Associate Training V4

  • Leonardo Academy (WI)

LEED Green Associate Training covers information needed for preparation for the GBCI LEED Green Associate exam. Presented by Leonardo Academy staff: Michael Arny, President of Leonardo Academy who was the ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Energy Engineering for Non-Engineers

  • GreenerU (MA)

Much of the change we need to make in order to address climate change and sustainability challenges relates to engineering, but that doesn't mean everyone needs an engineering degree ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Environmental Dashboard: Fostering K12-College Collaborations that Discover and Realize Education and Conservation Opportunities

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Many schools have adopted resource-use visualization 'dashboards' that provide real-time feedback on energy and water use in campus buildings. While dashboard technology and programming (such as resource-use reduction competitions) have ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

This Changes Everything: a Sustainability Revolution in New Building Procurement

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)
  • Seventhwave (WI)
  • dbHMS (IL)

Join the University of Chicago as we revolutionize how higher ed buildings are contracted, built and operated. This residence hall panel discussion shows how performance-based procurement drives institutional change by ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Net Zero Water: not a dry Topic

  • Williams College (MA)
  • Bruner/Cott Architects (MA)
  • Integrated Eco Strategy
  • Berkshire Design Group (MA)

Construction often negatively impacts the natural balance of water cycles. Even regions with historically abundant quantities of potable water are depleting aquifers, while record rainfall provides destructive amounts of storm ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Open Sesame: Low-Cost Sub-Meter Data Visualization

  • Macalester College (MN)

Learn how Macalester, as the next step of the College's sub-metering initiative, has leveraged no-cost and open-source solutions through HTML and XML, Google Apps, and Tableau to display utilities ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Engaging Laboratories in Sustainability

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • My Green Lab (CA)

Laboratories contribute significantly to a university's environmental footprint. At research institutions they can account for more than half of the campus energy consumption, consume hundreds of thousands of gallons ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

The Research - Climate Nexus: The Difficult Questions Facing Progressive Institutions Today.

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • Buro Happold (NY)

As universities are tackling climate commitments focused on Scope 1 and 2 emissions, they are facing difficult decisions on capital investments in existing and new building stock and infrastructure to ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Change Makers: Innovative waste reduction campaigns and beyond

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)
  • Lane Community College (OR)
  • Portland Community College (OR)

This interactive and action-oriented panel will look at 3 different waste reduction behavior change programs in community colleges. The panelists will address some of the specific challenges they face with ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Meet Universities who are Reinventing Relevance via Innovation Districts that include Corporations and Cities.

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Oklahoma State University (OK)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • McGill University (QC)
  • Morphosis Architecture (NY)

Join Jane Talkington for a national overview on Innovation Districts, a burgeoning new form in which the university can GO BEYOND campus boundaries to create relevance by building interdisciplinary capacity ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Inspiring Change: Campus Mission and the Living Building Challenge

  • Hampshire College (MA)
  • Bruner/Cott Architects (MA)
  • Integrated Eco Strategy
  • International Living Future Institute (WA)

The RW Kern Center is designed to embody Hampshire College's mission of fostering positive change in the world, as well as to meet the Living Building Challenge. This session ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Green Demonstration Buildings - A Facilities Management Perspective on the Benefits (and Challenges) of Being Innovative

  • Nova Scotia Community College (NS)

15 years ago the Nova Scotia Community College made a commitment to being an industry leader in sustainability. This commitment aligned with major infrastructure changes at all 13 campuses, including ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Integrating Solar PV in Building Overhauls

  • Chesapeake College (MD)
  • United States Department of Energy

The Health Professions and Athletics Center at Chesapeake College received a complete overhaul before its re-opening in August, 2015. Aiming for LEED Platinum certification, a 1.7 MW solar project ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

A Zero Net Energy Teaching Laboratory

  • Sasaki Associates, Inc. (MA)
  • BR+A (MA)

The ACUPCC and the 2030 Challenge set the trajectory for a carbon-neutral future in the building industry. This goal may seem out of reach for laboratory buildings with high plug-loads ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Urban Eco-Block: From Prototype to Adaptation - University, Community and Non-Profit collaborate to create a Net Zero Block

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)

Urban Eco-Block goal is to create a prototype Sustainable Form-Based Code and Net Positive Design for a typical urban city block found in many rust-belt cities where urban blight, economic ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Indoor Air Quality in the Context of Human Performance

  • Kirksey (TX)

Studies conducted by Harvard and LBNL National Lab have indicated that indoor CO2 levels that were until recently considered safe actually have substantial negative impacts on human cognition, including impaired ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Collaborative Research to Improve Dorm Heating Performance: Improved comfort and energy efficiency

  • Boston University (MA)

A common problem observed in small dorms in winter is open windows due to overheated rooms. We present results from a study by students, facilities staff, and faculty of the ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Immersive Learning in Sustainable Building Design and Construction Practices

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

Sustainability registers a high appeal among students as they face climate change. At Florida International University, a research program has been established to test if the Technology Mediated Learning Environments ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

WattTime: Energy Management to Reduce Emissions and Support Clean Energy Future

  • WattTime (CA)

Every time any device in a building on any campus turns on, a single power plant must produces slightly more electricity to power it. But what kind of power plant ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

The Role of Biophilic Design in Supporting the Student Athlete

  • Liberty University (VA)
  • VMDO Architects, PC (VA)

Biophilic design can enhance well-being, support physical performance, and expedite healing. These outcomes are particularly nourishing for student athletes - who experience intensive physical wear and tear as well as emotional ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

The Green Rehab Experiment: Charting a Path to NZE for Market Rate Off-Campus University-Owned Housing Renovations

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

The Green Rehab Experiment is a multi-disciplinary applied research project that aims to chart a path towards net-zero energy performance for the renovation of 100-year old, off-campus, multi-family apartment buildings ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Sustainable Buildings: Utilizing BOMA BEST (Green Globes EB in Canada) to Enhance the Sustainable Operations of Your Campus

  • University of Alberta (AB)

As part of The University of Alberta´s institutional Sustainability Plan we build all our new buildings to LEED or Green Globes standards. But as we operate and manage ± 200 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Exploring LEED-EB: O+M for A Smarter, Healthier and More Efficient Campus: Lessons Learned at Portland State University

  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Green Building Services (OR)

Portland State University is working on multiple fronts to institutionalize sustainable operations and support the campus goal of carbon neutrality by 2040. In 2015, PSU became a founding signatory of ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Capitalizing on Local Renewable Resources for Campus Energy Needs: The Williams Lake Campus Bio-Mass System

  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

Campuses across North America are increasingly looking to renewable energy sources to help reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and provide reliable and consistent energy costs. Each university has different ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Sustainable and Comprehensive Utilities and Energy Management

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Texas A&M University embarked on a comprehensive program, in 2002, to better understand and improve operational efficiency and effectiveness of campus facilities. The result has been a decrease in campus ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Green Roof Strategies for Success: Making It Work Beyond the First Year

  • New York University (NY)

Green roof failures are all too common, often leading to expensive replacement plantings, unmet aesthetic expectations, and invasive plant problems. In the fall of 2011, a 3,700 square foot ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Key Facilities Metrics; Gateway Survey for Collegiate Improvements

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

For the third year, the joint APPA/NACUBO 'Key Facilities Benchmark' survey is being offered and results will be highlighted. The five simple measures instigated by the NACUBO Sustainability Advisory ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Healthy Materials: Agents of Change

  • Bruner/Cott Architects (MA)

Building materials can create adverse effects in built and natural environments. In addition to depleting natural resources and causing pollution, certain materials expose us to harmful chemicals. Advocating for transparency ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Greeks Go Green

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

Greeks Going Green is a collaborative project with the student government at the University of Nebraska, which aims to show people that through simple actions, they have the power to ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Beyond LEED - are sustainability codes ready for primetime?

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • Hord Coplan Macht (MD)

Since the advent of LEED, there have been a plethora of green rating systems and now codes that have been written to quantify sustainable building practices. How are states and ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

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.

Programs and Initiatives

The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Scores

The following link connects to the Score Display on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Buildings Partners

Veritiv

Sandy Springs, GA
Business Supporter

8760 Engineering

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

Arup

New York, NY
Business Affiliate

BNIM Architects

Kansas City, MO
Business Affiliate

Brightworks Sustainability

Portland, OR
Business Affiliate

Buildpulse

Seattle, WA
Business Affiliate

Delta M Incorporated

Milton, ON
Business Affiliate
Delta M provides improved air quality within your current capital outlay - our filters cost the same as other quality filters on the market, but with added features that improves the air you breathe and diverts 100% of filter waste from landfills.

FXFOWLE Architects

New York, NY
Business Affiliate

Glumac

Portland, OR
Business Affiliate

Greenbank Associates

Piedmont, CA
Business Affiliate

Green Building Services

Portland, OR
Business Affiliate

GreenerU

Watertown, MA
Business Affiliate

Hord Coplan Macht

Baltimore, MD
Business Affiliate

Max-R

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

Miller Hull Partnership

Seattle, WA
Business Affiliate

Nitsch Engineering

Boston, MA
Business Affiliate

nora systems, Inc.

Salem, NH
Business Affiliate

Quinn Evans Architects

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate

SEQUIL Systems Inc

Delray Beach, FL
Business Affiliate

The University Financing Foundation, Inc.

Kennesaw, GA
Business Affiliate

Tork, an Essity brand

Philadelphia, PA
Business Affiliate
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.