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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Building Automation Systems - A New Program for Sustainability and Technical Education

  • Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GA)

A two-year vocational college located just outside of Atlanta, GA is developing innovative academic programs to serve energy efficiency technology industries. In particular, the Building Automation Systems (BAS) program has ...

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Institutionalizing Green Building: Lessons Learned from 80+ LEED Buildings

  • Harvard University (MA)

In September 2009, Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council, said, "With the LEED certification of its 20th building, the most of any higher education ...

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Internal Energy Auditing to Meet Portfolio-Wide GHG Reduction Goals at Harvard University

  • Harvard University (MA)

Universities worldwide are committing to greenhouse gas reduction goals and implementing climate action plans. Optimizing building efficiency is often identified as a central strategy to achieving these ambitious goals. To ...

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Effects of Residence Hall Submetering on Student's Reported Energy and Water Use at Lynchburg College

  • Lynchburg College (VA)

Submetering of buildings is commonly cited as a useful tool in not only identifying water leaks or equipment problems, but also in encouraging energy and water conservation among building occupants ...

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Building Energy Analysis: Supply and Demand, Trending and Exception Reporting

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

In a university setting, the Energy Management Unit is responsible for all utility metering data for the 13 million square foot campus. This data includes the natural gas (NG), fuel ...

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Path to the Net Zero Building: What You Can Learn from One College's Success Story

  • Portland Community College (OR)

In the fall of 2011, Portland Community College (PCC) will begin classes in one of the first Net-Zero academic buildings in the state of Oregon. The 5-classroom, 13,000- square-foot ...

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Environmental Challeges and Sustainable Solutions of Natural and Built Environments

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Success of integrating sustainable practices into curricula requires communication, collaboration, and coordination of education, research, university staff, and community partnerships. Princeton University Environmental Studies Program is implementing a "Real World ...

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Zero Net Energy Buildings are NEXT - A Proposal for Getting There

  • Sasaki Associates, Inc. (MA)

Zero Net Energy Buildings (ZNEB) are the NEXT frontier for the the sustainable building industry. While LEED Gold and even Platinum buildings are becoming more common, there remain few Zero ...

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Implementing a Sustainable Campus Master Plan

  • SmithGroupJJR (MI)

A major state university's 2010 Campus Master Plan establishes an innovative approach to environmental stewardship that minimize the effects on natural resources by mandating sustainable design strategies for all ...

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Solar Tax Shelters: Roofs for Not For Profits

  • Stone House Group (PA)

In Summer 2011, a Central Pennsylvania College will begin construction on a roof replacement for their Sports and Recreation Center. Having reached the end of its life, the existing EPDM ...

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Expanding the STARS 1.1 Technical Manual - Re-evaluating "Design" in Category 2: Operations (OP)

  • Technical University of Delft

Category 2 of the STARS 1.1 Technical Manual provides a total of 100 points towards a Universities Operations (OP) and a total of 13 credits towards buildings. In general ...

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Student Center Features New High Efficiency Central Geothermal Technology

  • Trane (TX)

In July 2010 the school broke ground on a three-story, 70,000-square-foot student center scheduled for November 2011 completion. The new building is slated to achieve Leadership in Energy and ...

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Case Study: Achieving LEED Gold with a Fully Integral Building Envelope

  • Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AND INNOVATION

Sustainable design is an inherent aspect of design excellence. Projects should express sustainable design concepts and intentions, and take advantage of innovative programming opportunities.

ENERGY FLOWS ...

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The Role of the LEED Rating System in Higher Education: Recent Trends and Status

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

This study is an update to the report, "To LEED or Not To LEED," published in August 2009, and examines the degree to which various top universities in the United ...

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Student Involvement in Campus LEED Certification Projects

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Successfully engaging students in campus-wide LEED efforts is a challenge that many universities face. While enthusiasm is overwhelming, the inexperience,high turnover rates, and difficulties organizing students (from a staff ...

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Capping campus energy consumption despite massive growth: The Oregon Model for Sustainable Development

  • University of Oregon (OR)

The Oregon Model for Sustainable Development is a new policy that places a firm ceiling on campus energy consumption. To achieve it, new construction projects must meet aggressive energy efficiency ...

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Green Roofs: Environmental, Academic, and Engaging

  • University of the District of Columbia (DC)

Besides green roofs' many environmental benefits - stormwater management, reduced urban heat island effect, habitat creation, building insulation - the academic and learning value that green roofs can have is an often ...

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Buildings and Values: Sustainable Design for Teaching Tools: tales from Educators and their Architect

  • William McDonough + Partners (VA)

A trio of people will bring a unique perspective on design and sustainability for higher education, and how the higher education context is the ideal one within which to understand ...

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To LEED or not to LEED: University Makes the Case for Third Party Verification

  • WRNS Studio (CA)

Today, when everyone is claiming green from cereal brands to coal companies, can we really say that we are building sustainably outside a framework of industry-accepted standards and objective third ...

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Achieving Sustainable Goals in an Urban Center Environment

  • WTW Architects (PA)

A growing campus in a downtown district faces unique opportunities and challenges in achieving sustainable goals. An urban campus can define itself as a village within the larger city. The ...

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User Participation Saves Cost in Green Building Operations

  • Western Washington University (WA)

This session explores how users have become participants in reducing energy/operational costs at Western Washington University's new state-of-the-art 120,000gsf Academic Instructional Center (AIC), one of the largest ...

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Students and Faculty Lead Local Green Building Projects: A Sustainable Model

  • Colorado State University (CO)

An interdisciplinary university institute focused on sustainable design and development brings together students and faculty to perform green building research and LEED project coordination for campus building projects and many ...

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Impact of Educational Context on Teaching Sustainable Design and Construction

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Teaching sustainability is critical to the education of Construction Management (CM) students and professionals. The authors have participated in and taught classes focused on the integration of sustainable principles and ...

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Bombing Detroit: Activist Architecture as a Pedagogical Model

  • Lawrence Technological University (MI)

Are traditional models of architectural practice still viable in cities mired in physical, psychological, and economic crisis? Are Universities initiating programs that educate students in a manner that allows them ...

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Stanford's Y2E2: Built to Conserve, Inspire, and Teach

  • Stanford University (CA)

In May 2010 Stanford opened the Science and Engineering Quad 2 (SEQ2) to pedestrians—a major milestone in the construction of a four-building space designed to match the historic main ...

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Growing GRASS and other sustainability initiatives at University of Louisville

  • University of Louisville (KY)

This panel will focus on the sustainability challenges that face a large commuter-based urban university and discuss efforts to overcome these obstacles. Using a three-pronged model of Encouraging Involvement, Inclusion ...

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Tackling Barriers for LEED EBOM in Unique University Buildings

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Colorado State University has a long history of leadership in environmental stewardship. A grant from the Governor's Energy Office provided the perfect opportunity for CSU to extend that leadership ...

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Room Temperature Biologial Sample Storage Programs at Stanford

  • Stanford University (CA)

Researchers at Stanford University and the School of Medicine can make a direct contribution to energy and resource conservation targets by replacing aging biological sample storage freezers with more efficient ...

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Building the New Green OR Greening the Already Built: Evaluating the optimal strategy for your campus

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Many higher education institutions across the country are investing efforts and resources in promoting and implementing sustainable practices on their campuses. However, while addressing the infrastructure, these institution often run ...

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Global Green in the 21st Century: Macalester College, Student Networks, and LEED Platinum

  • Macalester College (MN)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • Bruner/Cott Architects (MA)

This panel presents different sustainability initiatives that build on the institution's academic mission with a special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. The College's Sustainability Manager ...

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How to Conduct an Eco-Charrette for Existing Buildings

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • Leonardo Academy (WI)
  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)

If you want to make your existing buildings as energy efficient as your new "silver" certified buildings, where do you start? We chose one of the largest, most complex buildings ...

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Retrofitting Existing Buildings for Energy Efficiency and Demand Response

  • California State University, Sacramento (CA)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Compared with new facilities, existing buildings often have legacy equipment which waste energy, require more maintenance, and incur more downtime. They are often incapable of communicating and interacting with the ...

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Eden Hall Campus: Laboratory for 21st century climate positive living

  • Chatham University (PA)
  • BNIM Architects (MO)

As the alma mater of Rachel Carson, Chatham University has long been committed to environmental education, advocacy and stewardship. In recent years, that commitment has included establishing a dorm focused ...

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Values and Attitudes: Okanagan College's Journey to Sustainability

  • Okanagan College (BC)
  • CEI Architecture Planning Interiors (BC)

This presentation will demonstrate how a commitment to sustainability was developed over a five-year period, culminating in a $28 million dollar investment in a new Centre o f Excellence in ...

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Sustainability, Actions & Economics: Student Engagement-Green Roof Project

  • Cleveland State University (OH)
  • FirstMetrix Corporation (OH)

The University combined design standards with its commitment to sustainability at Cleveland State University's LEED certified Recreation Center. The Center was initially designed with a rooftop garden; however, the ...

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Exceeding Expectations: Energy Efficiency in Historic Renovations

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
  • Mahlum Architects (WA)

Institutions across the country are faced with historic buildings in dire need of systems, envelope and programmatic upgrades. While these renovations are vital toward preserving campus architectural legacy and character ...

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Lunch Ladies and LEED: Dining Facilities in Sustainable Design - A Case Study of Fort Lewis College's Student Union Center

  • Fort Lewis College (CO)
  • Ricca Newmark Design

Dining facilities demand excessive energy, are water intensive and produce much waste, complicating design, construction and operational program requirements when creating a sustainable building. At Fort Lewis College in Durango ...

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An Innovative Approach to "Going Green" While Addressing Deferred Maintanence

  • University of Central Missouri (MO)
  • Trane (TX)

Going green is becoming increasingly important for schools to attract students. 63% of college applicants are looking for a green campus, according to the Princeton Review (2008). However, many college ...

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How Universities use the LEED Green Building Rating System

  • College of William & Mary (VA)

Universities face mounting pressure to uphold public trust, account for outcomes, and cut costs. Adopting environmentally sustainable practices is one way to achieve such goals. Today, universities across the US ...

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Excellence in Education - the Duke Smart Home Program

  • Duke University (NC)

The Duke Smart Home Program began in 2003 when a student had an idea to design a place where students could live and work together on projects of sustainability and ...

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The Sustainable Living Center at Maharishi University of Management

  • Maharishi University of Management (IA)

The Sustainable Living Center is unique in combining certification standards for LEED Platinum, the Living Building Challenge, Building Biology, and Maharishi Vedic Architecture. This 7,000 sq.ft., one story ...

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Campus Sustainability Programs: A Case Study of Historical Fragmented Campus

  • Savannah College of Art & Design (GA)

For more than 30 years, SCAD has transformed historic properties into thriving environments for students, including former hotels, a hospital, a prison, a synagogue, a convent, a department store, a ...

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Green Building Management Degree Program at SCCC: Lessons Learned

  • Sullivan County Community College (NY)

Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) is a small community college in the Catskill Mountain region of NY, located less than two hours from NYC.

SCCC is committed to educating the ...

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Extreme energy efficiency: building the sustainable Bagley Classroom at UMD

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

Extreme energy efficiency. Renewable energy production. On-site composting toilets. Passive heating. Unique building materials. Natural ventilation. The Bagley Classroom at the University of Minnesota Duluth is located on a 50 ...

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Decision Making Process in Building LEED Residence Halls

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

This study assesses the decision making process of campus administrators in building LEED residence halls by reviewing four cases at the University of South Carolina (USC), the University of Georgia ...

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The Green Building Boom at Bowling Green State University

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

This poster will highlight and set forth details on the numerous green construction projects occurring at Bowling Green State University. Currently, six (6) new buildings are simultaneously under construction. All ...

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Platinum Heritage at Champlain College, Burlington, VT

  • Champlain College (VT)

Champlain College - a private college in Burlington, VT with an enrollment of 3,000 undergraduates - has made its location in a residential heritage neighborhood an asset for both the College ...

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Integrating Social Sustainability into Capital Improvement Plans

  • Emersion Design (OH)

Social sustainability is at the core of many campus sustainability plans in theory, but to what degree is it in execution? This presentation will review a proposed method of measuring ...

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Sand, Clay, and Straw: Green Housing by Students for Students

  • Hartwick College (NY)

Hartwick College, a small liberal arts institution, has shown leadership in engaging students in the design and construction of natural buildings for student residences. Ten years ago, students in a ...

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Building a solar house for interdisciplinary learning of sustainability

  • Iowa State University (IA)

In 2009 this Midwestern University participated for the first time in the Solar Decathlon. The resulting 800sft solar powered home was the product of a multiyear effort, which demonstrates the ...

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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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Arup

New York, NY
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BNIM Architects

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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FXFOWLE Architects

New York, NY
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Portland, OR
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Greenbank Associates

Piedmont, CA
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Green Building Services

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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Nitsch Engineering

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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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.