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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Tinkham Veale University Center - A Beacon of Student Activity and Sustainability at Case Western Reserve University

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • Perkins+Will (NY)

In 2011 Case Western Reserve University and Perkins+Will began the process that would ultimately result in the completion of the Tinkham Veale University Center. Both CWRU and Perkins+Will ...

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The Tiny House at the Tiny College: Design and Assessment of Sustainable Micro-Housing Alternatives

  • Randolph College (VA)

The 'Tiny House' movement is an architectural and social phenomenon that promotes simple living in small homes. Depending on the design, a Tiny House may offer a sustainable housing option ...

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A Better Business Building' - Penn State and Leonardo Academy Connect Students, Faculty, and Facilities through LEED for Existing Buildings and LEED Campus

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Leonardo Academy (WI)

Learn how students, faculty, and facility management staff worked together to transform the sustainability of the Smeal Business Building at Penn State through LEED-EBOM. The project served as a model ...

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Making Green Cleaning Stick: The Journey to Green Seal Standards

  • Muskegon Community College (MI)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)

LEED V4 now recognizes custodial programs certified under one of the following: Green Seal's Environmental Standard for Commercial Cleaning Services (GS-42); or International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) Cleaning Industry ...

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Greening the Sciences at Colorado College

  • Colorado College (CO)

As members of the Sustainability Council at Colorado College, we learned that science buildings use far more energy for their size than other buildings on a college campus. So we ...

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How Connected Buildings Close The Gap Between People and Technology and Enable Opportunities for Energy Efficiency

  • Lucid (CA)

People spend 90% of their lives in buildings, which are responsible for the consumption of two-thirds of the world's electricity. Yet the technologies we use to manage buildings today ...

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ENOS, is an energy Operating System, that integrates Big Data, Open Source Software and Hardware and the Internet of Things.

  • Amzur Technologies (FL)

Historically utility billing, campus infrastructure, Building Management Systems and Sustainability Reporting have consisted of siloed data and information systems and distinct stakeholders that rarely share a common understanding of organizational ...

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Heating Up Sustainable Design on a Small College Campus: Designing an Educational and Functional Net-Zero Warming Hut

  • Carleton College (MN)

In the winter term of 2014, Carleton College developed a class entitled 'Systems Approaches to Sustainability' to merge a variety of perspectives in sustainability and teach interdisciplinary, systems thinking when ...

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Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Life Long Learning inspired by a Sustainable Building Course in Costa Rica

  • Colorado State University (CO)

This case study introduces a study-abroad program in Costa Rica, which focuses on Sustainable Building Practices. During the past two years, Colorado State University (CSU) and EARTH University formed a ...

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Tiny House College Life: No Dorm, No Debt, No Environmental Degradation

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Why wait to be sustainable? Why pay excessive room and board while having a stagnant, unyielding carbon footprint? The tiny house movement is growing in strength as this life style ...

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Lessons from Germany to the US 4: Building Standards

  • Grinnell College (IA)

What is a 'green' building exactly, and why is it important to build in this way? Colleges and universities possess limited funds, and must consider many issues and interest groups ...

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The Trans-formative Power of the Living Building Challenge

  • Natural Sustainability (MA)

Presented by a certified ambassador of the ILFI, this session will introduce the Living Building Challenge and provide for questions & discussion. The Living Building Challenge is the built environment ...

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Accepting the Challenge: Living Building Challenge in Higher Education

  • Hampshire College (MA)
  • Smith College (MA)
  • Williams College (MA)

Living Building Challenge is a relatively new sustainable building standard launched in 2006 with the purpose of raising the bar in green building. In the words of LBC, it challenges ...

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Diverse Perspectives: The University of Utah’s Innovative Law School

  • University of Utah (UT)
  • SmithGroupJJR (MI)

On completion in March 2015, the University of Utah SJ Quinney College of Law’s 156,000 SF new building will represent an entirely new development in legal education that ...

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Knight Law Center: A Case for LEED EBOM on Campus

  • University of Oregon (OR)

In 2011, the University of Oregon began the process of certifying an existing facility using LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM). Many campuses across the United States have ...

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Building a Strong Core: Sustainability in a University Sports Complex

  • University of Denver (CO)

The Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness at the University of Denver opened in 1999 and is a 440,000 square foot athletics, recreation and entertainment complex. Directly ...

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Green Renovations Checklist: Developing Institution-Specific Green Guidelines

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The University of California system requires building projects (renovations and new construction) valued at or above $5 million to achieve at least a LEED certification level of Silver. While this ...

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What Do the New Energy Codes and LEED V4 Mean for Campus Planning?

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)

The 2012 International Building Codes (IBC) and LEED v4 are upping the ante for new construction campus projects. In Colorado, state building projects, including University of Colorado buildings, are designed ...

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Constructed Places, Contemplation and Wellness

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Mindfulness and other contemplative practices are beginning to thrive in college classrooms and campuses across the country. The quest for health and wellness is a priority for students living in ...

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Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Opened in September 2013, the Institute of Environmental Sustainability is a high-performing facility housing a 400 bed residence hall, academic offices for 80 staff and faculty and 10 collaborative research ...

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Creating Student Urban Housing District- West Campus University of Washington

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Case study will present the strategies and outcomes of West Campus Housing includes four residence halls and seven apartment buildings all completed within last five years and two residence halls ...

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Stanford’s Building Level Sustainability Program: A Retrospective

  • Stanford University (CA)

Formally launched in 2009, Stanford’s Building-Level Sustainability Program harnesses the actions of individual building occupants to achieve resource savings. Over the past five years the program has matured to ...

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Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure: The Campus as a Living Lab

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)

In 2012-13, the Provost of the California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) funded an innovative program to engage campus faculty, staff, and students in Programmatic Excellence and Innovation in Learning ...

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Vegetated roofs at UAB: Operations and research collaboration

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL)

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is the largest single-site employer in Alabama, with more than 120 buildings encompassing 93 city blocks. As a core component of Alabama’s ...

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Green Building Education through Certification

  • Roosevelt University (IL)
  • SERF Foundation (MI)

The Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities (SERF) is a green building certification system that promotes a streamlined, user-friendly and cost effective approach to certification. In addition to certification, SERF is ...

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Sustainability at Scale: LEED EBOM and The Next Big Step Toward the Sustainable Campus

  • California State University, Channel Islands (CA)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • Brightworks Sustainability (OR)

To emphasize the high importance but low attention paid to existing facilities in environmental stewardship, in 2012 the U. S. Green Building council published an article calling existing buildings “the ...

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It doesn’t have to be LEED to be green

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

In the summer of 2013 the University of Minnesota completed construction on the 17th Avenue Residence Hall. The facility was built to meet the State of Minnesota’s sustainable building ...

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Creating Vibrant Campus Communities through Biophilic Design

  • NAC Architecture (WA)

Biophilia is a Greek term meaning, "love of life or living systems." Biophilic Design is a way of creating places and communities that connect us both literally and emotionally to ...

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Buildings that Teach – A Framework for Curiosity and Curriculum

  • Rocky Mountain Institute (CO)
  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)
  • Legat Architects (IL)

There is a growing trend in architecture and education to create ‘buildings that teach’, physical environments that further occupant’s understanding and engagement in sustainability. In fact, education is one ...

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LEED vs. Green Globes: An engaged scholarship approach to advancing campus green building policy

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

This study examines the value of student engagement in the advancement of green building policies by colleges and universities. The integration of sustainability practices into the design and construction of ...

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Designing for the Post-Carbon Economy: It’s Zero or Nothing

  • International Living Future Institute (WA)

Even if every new building were to obtain LEED Platinum certification, it wouldn’t reduce our current carbon emissions. In truth we need to focus on making all buildings be ...

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The Next Disruptive Innovation in Buildings

  • Lucid (CA)

Join Vladi Shunturov, Oberlin College grad and co-founder and CEO of Lucid, for an eye-opening discussion of why software is the first disruptive innovation in buildings since the Otis elevator ...

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Dynamic Assessment of Sustainability Parameters in Residential Construction: A Case Study

  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (AB)

The residential construction industry in Canada is recognizing and adopting sustainable construction practices. With no recognized industry sustainability parameter standards and benchmarks, builders are challenged to effectively measure the sustainability ...

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Lower Socioeconomic Status and Sustainable Campus Housing Access

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

In 2011, The University of Arizona (UA) took two huge leaps towards a more sustainable future through the erection of two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum buildings ...

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UB's Crossroads Culinary Center: Fine Dining in Sustainable Fashion

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

Providing healthy, sustainable food options isn’t our challenge; rather, the challenge is ensuring students choose healthy, sustainable food options. Through formal campus surveys and informal feedback we determined what ...

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Hospital and Lab Sustainability

  • Medical University of South Carolina (SC)

This session will consider unique ideas and give unique information on how to green university hospitals and labs. I will outline how the Medical University of South Carolina has tackled ...

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Reinventing Community: Oberlin College's Green Arts District

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • BNIM Architects (MO)

The Green Arts District (GAD) is the heart of a regional plan launched in 2009 to transform the progressive college campus and city into a sustainable model of a post ...

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Iterative Adaptation: Dining and Residence Complex Renovations

  • Missouri State University (MO)

Renovation on a college campus presents the opportunity for designers and clients to refresh facilities and revitalize human interactions to maximize vitality on campus. Often the renovation process evolves into ...

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Benchmark-based Whole-Building Energy Performance Targets for UC Buildings

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

Most efforts to improve energy performance in campus buildings use efficiency standards as a reference point. Programs often specify energy efficiency at ten to thirty percent beyond ASHRAE 90.1 ...

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Experiential Learning Lab: LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • Heapy Engineering (OH)
  • Purdue University (IN)

In order to achieve the short-term goal of piloting a LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EB:O+M) project on campus, an office of sustainability initiated such a ...

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Living Buildings that Engage Students (and their Institution) in Sustainability

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)

There is a growing trend in education and architecture to create green ‘buildings that teach’, facilities that further occupant’s understanding and engagement in sustainability. Currently, the most progressive green ...

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Implementing Behavior Change and Energy Efficiency Programs

  • College of Lake County (IL)
  • Heartland Community College (IL)

Learn how the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) offered three distinct initiatives designed to promote behavior change and measurable energy reduction within the business and higher education sectors in Illinois ...

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Passive Strategies: The Common Sense Approach to Energy Reduction

  • Lipscomb University (TN)
  • Lake Flato Architects (TX)

The path to Carbon Neutrality or Net Zero starts with intelligent passive strategies that reduce loads and minimize a building’s reliance on carbon based energy before active strategies and ...

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Using Intelligent HVAC Controls to Reduce Energy Usage in Residence Halls

  • Columbia University (NY)
  • New York University (NY)

Technology can be used to reduce heating and cooling energy use by 25-32% in Residence Halls while keeping students climatically comfortable. The panelists will explain how they each captured these ...

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[eco]logical Succession: Cultivating Learning in Place

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • Purdue University (IN)

Living buildings often rely on the Integrative Design Process to effectively gather information from a diverse ecosystem of project participants. This presentation will provide methods that leverage the design and ...

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Power in Numbers: How a Basic Understanding of Green Building Science Can Empower University Decision Makers

  • Husson University (ME)
  • Thornton Tomasetti (ME)

This presentation will introduce technical and non-technical attendees to the types of studies, metrics, and tools green building designers are using with today’s sustainable campus building design. These methodologies ...

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LEED Laboratory: Training Students to Sustainably Transform the Built Environment

  • The Catholic University of America (DC)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

In 2012 the Catholic University of America, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) entered into a formal collaboration to create a pilot studio ...

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Building Blocks of Integrated Design: Goal-Setting Charettes Using the Nominal Group Technique

  • Harvard University (MA)

This session uses a flash charette format to provide attendees with a hands-on opportunity to learn specific strategies to engage diverse stakeholders in an integrated process to set robust sustainability ...

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Pumping Kilowatts: A Look at Energy Efficiency in Fitness Centers

  • Chapman University (CA)

Chapman University recently installed SportsArt’s Eco-Green cardio equipment in one of our residential fitness facilities. The SportsArt equipment captures kinetic energy and turns it into electrical energy that is ...

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A Design-Build Block Semester: Student Engagement Through the Creation of a Solar Garage

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

This presentation tells the story of twenty-one students and one building, where pedagogy revolved around a single goal: the design and construction of a solar garage. The fifteen-credit semester was ...

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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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St. Louis, MO
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Arup

New York, NY
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Kansas City, MO
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Portland, OR
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Seattle, WA
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Milton, ON
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New York, NY
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Portland, OR
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Greenbank Associates

Piedmont, CA
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Portland, OR
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Watertown, MA
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Baltimore, MD
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Sussex, WI
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Miller Hull Partnership

Seattle, WA
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Boston, MA
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Salem, NH
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Quinn Evans Architects

Washington, DC
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Delray Beach, FL
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Kennesaw, GA
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Philadelphia, PA
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