Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.12
Liaison Careen Arsenault
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

Cornell University
OP-4: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.77 / 5.00 Mark Howe
Program Manager
Energy Managment
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Total floor area of existing building space:
15,834,777 Square Feet

Floor area of existing building space operated and maintained in accordance with a sustainable management policy/program and/or a green building rating system:
Existing floor area
Certified at the highest achievable level under a multi-attribute, Green Building Council (GBC) rating system focused on the operations and maintenance of existing buildings (e.g., LEED O+M Platinum) 0 Square Feet
Certified at the 2nd highest level under a 4- or 5-tier, multi-attribute, GBC rating system focused on the operations and maintenance of existing buildings (e.g., LEED O+M Gold) 0 Square Feet
Certified at mid-level under a 3- or 5-tier, multi-attribute, GBC rating system focused on the operations and maintenance of existing buildings (e.g., BREEAM-In Use Very Good) 0 Square Feet
Certified at a step above minimum level under a 4 -or 5–tier, multi-attribute, GBC rating system focused on the operations and maintenance of existing buildings (e.g., LEED O+M Silver) 0 Square Feet
Certified at minimum level under a multi-attribute, GBC rating system focused on the operations and maintenance of existing buildings (e.g., BREEAM In-Use Pass or LEED O+M Certified) 0 Square Feet
Certified at any level under a non-GBC rating system or single-attribute rating system focused on the operations and maintenance of existing buildings 0 Square Feet
Operated and maintained in accordance with a multi-attribute, sustainable management policy/program, but not certified under an O+M rating system 14,000,000 Square Feet
Operated and maintained in accordance with a single-attribute, sustainable management policy/program, but not certified under an O+M rating system
 0 Square Feet
Total 14,000,000 Square Feet

Percentage of existing building space certified under a green building rating system rating system focused on the operations and maintenance of existing buildings:
0

A brief description of the sustainable operations and maintenance policy/program and/or O+M rating system(s) used:

Cornell University has a campus-wide building and operation management program which is multi-attribute. This custom operations and management plan uses a framework similar to LEED EBOM, and includes IPM, IAQ, and green cleaning, in addition to energy, water, and other broader attributes.

Green Cleaning: Cornell follows a Building Care-Green Cleaning Program, which outlines the purpose, scope, requirements, contacts, and plan for Green Cleaning. An ongoing effort overseen by the Sustainable Cornell Council directly engages building care staff in ensuring regular assessment of green cleaning product use and programs to enure continual performance improvement.

Energy Management: Cornell maintains an energy management team performing continuous commissioning on campus buildings to maintain high building performance. Metered building energy usage is reviewed on a monthly basis and actions are taken when usage is outside expected weather adjusted usage. Monthly energy use budgets are developed for all Cornell Energy Plant connected facilities (> 14.1 million GSF and 500+ meters)

Water Management: Cornell has metering and dashboard tools for campus potable water usage, and direct billing to the campus customers. The university owns and operates the campus drinking water infrastructure, including the water filtration plant which draws water from a creek running through campus subject to the Great Lakes Water Withdrawal permit program administered by NYS. In addition to these requirements, Cornell's utility distribution group monitors usage carefully to detect and repair leaks, and our design and construction standards require low flow fixtures and laboratory practices.

Based on usage data, the institution has recently targeted processes consuming large amounts of water and completed several water use reduction projects. For example, targeting inefficiencies in the Central Energy Plant resulted in elimination of water-based cooling systems in favor of a feedback loop with existing systems, meaning previously wasted energy becomes a part of a closed loop energy system and reducing the annual 475,000-gallon water loss to zero. Our innovative campus-wide chilled water system, Lake Source Cooling, eliminates most potable water use for cooling towers saving ~150 million gallons/year.

Despite the fact that campus building square footage has almost doubled, water conservation measures have led to a reduction by half in consumption from a high of 3.0 MGD in the early 1970’s.

Indoor Air Quality: Cornell has a standard protocol for Indoor Air Quality that covers the classrooms and offices on campus. Occupants are able to file complaints through the IAQ program. Real-time monitoring equivalent to the I-BEAM baseline audit form, which contains a recommendation only to "Repeat baseline audit periodically" is accomplished through Cornell's robust, 24/7, Energy Management and Control System direct digital controls (DDC), and custodial processes. Temperature, airflow, RA temperature and humidity, and CO2 are monitored and alarmed real-time. Building Care staff routines include reporting issues with mold, issues with physical space condition, etc., and spaces are rated according to APPA standards for cleanliness.

In addition to these measures, Cornell has a very robust laboratory safety program including routine self-inspections, inspections by the Environmental Health & Safety department, and control banding. Control Banding is a generic protection strategy that groups hazards into “bands” that similar controls can be applied to. At Cornell we do a risk assessment for the purpose of applying general ventilation rates and locating local exhaust points in laboratories. Ventilation rates are real-time monitored, and also routinely checked as part of our continuous commissioning program on a about a three year cycle. Further, Cornell has a robust fumehood monitoring and retro-commissioning program. More information on these programs is available at https://sp.ehs.cornell.edu/lab-research-safety/Pages/default.aspx.

Additional components of our own O+M management system include similar attributes to LEED OM, including refrigeration management, grid interconnection considerations, waste performance, facilities renovation, light pollution, site selection, rainwater harvest & management, and alternative transportation performance.

https://fcs.cornell.edu/departments/energy-sustainability/energy-management-overview/energy-management-control-system

https://sp.ehs.cornell.edu/osh/occupational-health/indoor-air-quality/Pages/default.aspx

https://sustainablecampus.cornell.edu/campus-initiatives/buildings-energy/building-standards


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable operations and maintenance program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Cornell has a standard protocol for Indoor Air Quality that covers the classrooms and offices on campus. Occupants are able to file complaints through the IAQ program. Real-time monitoring equivalent to the I-BEAM baseline audit form, which contains a recommendation only to "Repeat baseline audit periodically" is accomplished through Cornell's robust, 24/7, Energy Management and Control System direct digital contols (DDC), and custodial processes. Temperature, airflow, RA temperature and humidity, and CO2 are monitored and alarmed real-time. Building Care staff routines include reporting issues with mold, issues with physical space condition, etc., and spaces are rated according to APPA standards for cleanliness.
https://fcs.cornell.edu/departments/energy-sustainability/energy-management-overview/energy-management-control-system

In addition to these measures, Cornell has a very robust laboratory safety program including routine self-inspections, inspections by the Environmental Health & Safety department, and control banding. Control Banding is a generic protection strategy that groups hazards into “bands” that similar controls can be applied to. At Cornell we do a risk assessment for the purpose of applying general ventilation rates and locating local exhaust points in laboratories. Ventilation rates are real-time monitored, and also routinely checked as part of our continuous commissioning program on a about a three year cycle. Further, Cornell has a robust fumehood monitoring and retro-commissioning program. More information on these programs is available at https://sp.ehs.cornell.edu/lab-research-safety/Pages/default.aspx.

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