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Policy 1703
Sustainable Construction

Date of Current Revision: July 2014
Primary Responsible Officer: Director of Facilities Management

1. PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to outline requirements and procedures for ensuring the use of sustainable building practices in the design and construction of new or renovated university facilities.

2. AUTHORITY

The Board of Visitors has been authorized by the Commonwealth of Virginia to govern James Madison University. See Code of Virginia section 23-164.6;23-9.2:3. The board has delegated the authority to manage the university to the president.

3. DEFINITIONS

LEED:
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction.

4. APPLICABILITY

The policy applies to all departments and all facilities that are owned by the university.

5. POLICY

All new building construction or new renovation to existing buildings shall utilize materials and methods which provide quantifiable conformity to sustainable construction as defined by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.

Per Commonwealth of Virginia requirements, buildings and renovations shall be designed and built to obtain LEED Silver certification.

This policy is concurrently applicable with all other state, university and Facilities Management policies and standards.

6. PROCEDURES

Facilities Planning and Construction will establish procedures necessary to ensure compliance of this policy.

7. RESPONSIBILITIES

The Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance is the final approving authority for all aspects of major new construction and renovation projects.

The Director of Engineering and Construction is responsible for ensuring that proper action is taken to accomplish all necessary work related to new construction or renovation. In addition, the Director of

Engineering and Construction is responsible for reviewing all non-capital major projects and all major maintenance projects and ensuring the compliance of those projects with this policy.

The Director of Facilities Planning and Construction is responsible for reviewing all capital projects, whether new construction or renovation, and ensuring the compliance of those projects with this policy.

8. SANCTIONS
 
Sanctions will be commensurate with the severity and/or frequency of the offense and may include termination of employment.

9. EXCLUSIONS

None.

10. INTERPRETATION

The authority to interpret this policy rests with the president and is generally delegated to the Director of Engineering and Construction.

Previous version: June 2011
Approved by the President: October 2009

Index Terms

Sustainability
Renovation
Facilities
Facilities Management
Stewardship
Construction