Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.02
Liaison Rochelle Owen
Submission Date July 21, 2021

STARS v2.2

Dalhousie University
OP-4: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 5.00 Rochelle Owen
Executive Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Total floor area of existing building space:
541,246 Square Metres

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 Metres
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 Metres
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 Metres
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 Metres
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 Metres
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 Metres
Operated and maintained in accordance with a multi-attribute, sustainable management policy/program, but not certified under an O+M rating system 541,246 Square Metres
Operated and maintained in accordance with a single-attribute, sustainable management policy/program, but not certified under an O+M rating system
 0 Square Metres
Total 541,246 Square Metres

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:

We use our own standards and guidelines for managing sustainability objectives in existing buildings. As an example our Green Cleaning Policies and Guidelines meet criteria set out by the LEED program for Green Cleaning. See document attached. Other design guidelines meet or beat some green building standards such as active transportation requirement reference LEED and the actual implementation of the design guideline results in higher percentage of bike spots as an example. https://cdn.dal.ca/content/dam/dalhousie/pdf/dept/facilities/Design%20Guidelines/ActiveTransportationGuide.pdf

We also participate in the US EPA Portfolio Manager Higher Education Benchmarking institutive and benchmark all of our buildings by ekWh/ft2 monthly and annually. We also have an Energy Management system where all energy and water meters are located and tracked.

We also employ continuous recommissioning practices through our Energy Management System's fault detection and energy usage analytics, and perform one detailed building wide recommissioning project per year. This detailed recommissioning project follows the procedures and guidelines of ASHRAE Standard 202 and ASHRAE Guideline 1.2-2019 for commissioning of existing buildings.

https://cdn.dal.ca/content/dam/dalhousie/pdf/dept/university_secretariat/policy-repository/SustainableBuildingPolicy.pdf

https://cdn.dal.ca/content/dam/dalhousie/pdf/dept/sustainability/campus-initiatives/built-environment/Green%20Building%20-%20Dalhousie%2020211.pdf


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable operations and maintenance program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The University has a number of plans, policies, and guidelines that support green building program for existing operations. In addition a number of programs are being implemented across all campuses buildings. Details of plans, policies, guidelines and programs by topic area are outlined on the Office of Sustainability website have been provided

For existing buildings, we did examine and test some certification systems. At this time, we deemed the focus of certification would be at the new building level as for existing buildings we have more limited budgets and resources. For this we would use our own plan, policies and guidelines as the framework for action.

https://cdn.dal.ca/content/dam/dalhousie/pdf/dept/sustainability/campus-initiatives/built-environment/Green%20Building%20-%20Dalhousie%2020211.pdf

https://cdn.dal.ca/content/dam/dalhousie/pdf/dept/university_secretariat/policy-repository/SustainableBuildingPolicy.pdf

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