Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 75.35
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date March 30, 2016
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American University
OP-5: Indoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Amit Paul
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Floor area of building space covered by an indoor air quality (IAQ) management program that meets the criteria for this credit:
3,860,748 Square Feet

Gross floor area of building space:
3,860,748 Square Feet

A brief description of the institution’s indoor air quality program(s) (including information about regular auditing or monitoring, mechanisms for occupants to register complaints, and action plans):

Indoor air quality is managed via four 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 re-mediate 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.

4) The Green Cleaning Program
Minimizes the amount of dirt entering buildings by using entryway mats, thereby avoiding overuse of cleaning chemicals. It trains staff on safe chemical handling and cleaning practices in order to avoid exposing them to chemicals. We also use Green Seal-certified cleaners and equipment that are verified against a rigorous, nationally recognized standard for identifying greener cleaning supplies. A large portion of cleaning is done using the Orbio OS3: a chemical and VOC free disinfection solution generator.

The website URL where information about the institution’s indoor air quality program(s) is available:

Building square footage is from AU Floorplans April 2015

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