Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.13
Liaison Michael Kensler
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2013
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STARS v1.2

Auburn University
OP-3: Indoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 David Acker
Assoc.Director, Safety & Health
Risk Management and Safety
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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 :
6,125,112 Square Feet

Total occupied building space :
6,125,112 Square Feet

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

Auburn University manages indoor air quality (IAQ) through collaboration between the Facilities Division and Risk Management and Safety (RMS). This system is proactive in providing maintenance of building systems that affect IAQ, and responsive to feedback and concerns from building occupants. Facilities Division is responsible for building factors that influence IAQ, such as:

• Preventive maintenance and repair of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems
• Energy management
• Moisture control
• Water damage and mold remediation

Facilities Division has implemented a Preventive Maintenance Program for the air handling units, distributed chillers, coils, heat exchangers, pumps, boilers, and other equipment to improve equipment performance, efficiency and reliability. Additionally, a project has been initiated by Facilities Division to measure carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in buildings as a means to promote energy reduction while maintaining acceptable indoor ventilation rates.

Building occupant feedback is reported to Facilities Division by phone, or by completing an online work order request. Risk Management and Safety (RMS) also responds to IAQ requests or concerns, and provides:

• IAQ evaluations and surveys
• Air monitoring to assess ventilation, temperature, relative humidity, and air contaminants
• Coordination with IAQ contractor if extensive air monitoring is needed
• Recommendations for IAQ improvements, and remediation of problems
• Coordination with water damage/disaster restoration contractor for emergency cleanup of major water damage

RMS and Facilities Division must often coordinate efforts when IAQ problems are identified. Facilities Division has an asbestos control team that is qualified and trained to conduct mold remediation when mold is found on building materials or within HVAC systems. The team can respond rapidly to problems that are identified by RMS.


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

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