Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.73
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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STARS v1.0

American University
OP-3: Indoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Chris O'Brien
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Occupied building space covered by an indoor air quality plan, policy, and/or practices that include regular auditing or monitoring and a mechanism for occupants to register complaints :
3,675,839 Square feet

Total occupied building space :
3,675,839 Square feet

A brief description of the institution's indoor air quality plan, policy, and/or practices:

Indoor air quality is managed via three complementary systems:
1. Energy Management System - Four full time staff manage the university’s Siemens Apogee energy management system (EMS), which monitors campus HVAC systems, including certain air quality components such as CO sensors, CO2 sensors, and humidity sensors. The EMS is designed to control indoor air quality as well as trigger staff response when the system detects air quality indicators beyond pre-set allowable ranges. The system is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
2. Occupant Feedback – “2FIX” is the campus-wide customer feedback system for facilities-related inquiries and complaints. Building occupants use this system, which includes a phone hotline and email address (202.885.2FIX and 2FIX@american.edu), to provide feedback on indoor air quality. Calls and emails to 2FIX produce work tickets for response by professional facilities staff people. If/when facilities staff are unable to resolve an indoor air quality complaint, it is referred to Risk Management for additional inquiry and action.
3. Staff Observation – Facilities staff are trained to observe and act to prevent and/or remediate sources of potential impacts on indoor air quality, such as observing vehicle fumes penetrating a building, visible mold growth, and other such indicators of potential air contamination.

The website URL where information about the institution's indoor air quality initiatives is available:
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