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Submission Date July 25, 2014
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Emory University
OP-3: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Brent Zern
Environmental Engineer
Campus Services
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Does the institution have any building space certified under the following green building rating systems for existing buildings?:
Yes or No
LEED for Existing Buildings or another 4-tier rating system used by an Established Green Building Council (GBC) Yes
The DGNB system, Green Star Performance, or another 3-tier GBC rating system No
BREEAM-In Use, CASBEE for Existing Building, or another 5-tier GBC rating system No
Other non-GBC rating systems (e.g. BOMA BESt, Green Globes) No

A brief description of the green building rating system(s) used and/or a list or sample of certified buildings and ratings:

Goizueta Business School - LEED O&M Gold


Total floor area of eligible building space (operations and maintenance):
9158954 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 4-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level (e.g. LEED Certified) 0 Square Feet
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) 0 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 122000 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 3-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level 0 Square Feet
Mid-Level 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 5-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level 0 Square Feet
4th Highest Level 0 Square Feet
Mid-Level 0 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at any level under other green building rating systems for existing buildings:
0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is maintained in accordance with formally adopted sustainable building operations and maintenance guidelines or policies, but NOT certified:
9036954 Square Feet

A copy of the sustainable building operations and maintenance guidelines or policies:
The date the guidelines or policies were formally adopted:
Jan. 1, 2005

A brief description of the sustainable building operations and maintenance program and/or a list or sample of buildings covered:

Emory has employed an energy engineer to focus on building efficiency for over 30 years. Focus has been on new construction, retrofits, and new utility plants. Controls modifications and purchasing high efficiency equipment are routine practices. Emory's Utility Reduction and Energy Conservation Agreement (URECA) launched in 2011 in three phases to focus on controls changes, building envelope sealing, ductwork sealing, lighting modifications, and water conservation. URECA has covered 27 buildings in phases I, II, and Phase IV is underway.

To date, 8 of Emory's buildings have been retro-commissioned, and 6 more will be by Summer 2014. To date this has amounted to $1.5 billion in annual energy cost savings. The Sustainable Performance Program keeps these retro-commissioned buildings running efficiently by finding the building's optimal performance level through monitoring, testing, and automated alarming. The SPP will initially focus on HVAC and HVAC controls, but will also evaluate lighting and other electrical loads. 8 buildings have undergone SPP measures since 2012, and 6 more are on the docket for 2014.

Emory's Temperature Policy requires that controls be set for temperature between 68-76 degrees Fahrenheit.

HVAC system shutdowns are scheduled during unoccupied time periods in many buildings.

Laboratory air exchange rates were lowered from 10 ach to 8ach during unocuppied times, and sensors are installed in newer labs to adjust air exchange rates higher or lower depending upon the activity and the quantity of air contaminants.

Green cleaning practices apply to all Emory University buildings maintained by Campus Services' BRS team. At a minimum this is managed through the environmentally conscious purchase, use and disposal of materials and equipment to ensure a safe and healthy environment for not only building occupants but staff, as well.


A brief description of how the institution ensures compliance with sustainable building operation and maintenance guidelines and policies:

The Sustainable Performance Program ensures the continuation of sustainable building operation through its ongoing monitoring, evaluation, and documentation.

All green housekeeping products are purchased and managed through procurement who ensure only approved products are bought and utilized by the BRS staff. Training is performed regularly to keep staff safe during application.


The website URL where information about the institution’s certified buildings and/or sustainable operations and maintenance guidelines or policies is available:

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