Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.82
Liaison Rochelle Owen
Submission Date Jan. 7, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Dalhousie University
OP-5: Indoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jerry Aguinaga
Environment, Health and Safety Office
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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:
497,674.96 Square meters

Gross floor area of building space:
497,674.96 Square meters

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 (IAQ) management program of the Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Office:

The EHS in collaboration with the Facilities Management team receives and responds to complaints and or concerns from the entire Dalhousie Community.
These include;
• Mold
• Asbestos
• Unknown odors
• Chemical smells in the air from construction work or repairs
• Comfort parameters such as temperature and humidity
• Specific workplace contaminates (generally process or research related)
• Radon
• And various general un-described concerns

Asbestos and Radon have the most formal processes in place where these two materials are proactively tested for and remediated as required. Most other IAQ issues are typically compliant driven where anyone within the Dalhousie Community can request IAQ assessment to be performed. This can happen directly through the EHS office or can be raised as a concern at a dept. level, or can be raised as an issue at any of the EHS committees active throughout the University. Often IAQ issues are managed directly through the Facilities Management team as part of renewals or alterations work being performed.

In 2013 the EHS office participated in and led a variety of indoor air quality inspections throughout the University. The EHS office completes / participates in these inspections and issues reports with corrective actions as required. Follow-up occurs to ensure that any deficiencies have been addressed.

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