Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.48
Liaison Nico Strabac
Submission Date Jan. 22, 2019
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Mohawk College
OP-3: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 5.00 Kayla LaChance
Sustainability Programs and Services Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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Total floor area of building space:
1,223,667 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a green building rating system for the operations and maintenance of existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council:
Certified Floor Area
LEED O+M Platinum or the highest achievable level under another GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
LEED O+M Gold or the 2nd highest level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
Certified at mid-level under a 3- or 5-tier GBC rating system (e.g. BREEAM-In Use, CASBEE for Existing Buildings, DGNB, Green Star Performance) 0 Square Feet
LEED O+M Silver or at a step above minimum level under another 4 -or 5–tier GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
LEED O+M Certified or certified at minimum level under another GBC rating system 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified under a non-GBC rating system for the operations and maintenance of existing buildings, e.g. BOMA BESt, Green Globes CIEB:
0 Square Feet

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

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

Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with a published indoor air quality (IAQ) management policy or protocol? (0-100):

A copy of the IAQ management policy or protocol:

The website URL where the IAQ policy/protocol may be found:
Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with a published green cleaning policy, program or contract ? (0-100):

A copy or the green cleaning policy:

A brief description of how green cleaning is incorporated into cleaning contracts:

Mohawk College contracts Hurley as our cleaning services for the college. Hurley is the only 100% chemical free services, usuing ionized water only and is US EPA certified. Their program Real GREEN, RealCLEAN is used processes and products validated by the leading 3rd-party environmental agencies and green councils. http://www.hurley-group.com/ca/hm/inside.php?sid=6

Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with an energy management or benchmarking program? (0-100):

A brief description of the energy management or benchmarking program:

Mohawk College has a Conservation Demand Management (CDM) plan that outlines benchmarks and sets ambitious targets for energy conservation on campus. The CDM is created and updated every 5 years. Our current CDM plan sets an ambitious target to achieve a 6% reduction/m2 in 2012 baseline electricity and natural gas consumption. Mohawk measures and reports internally and to the province on energy consumption annually.

Additionally, a full energy audit of the campus was completed in 2015. The energy audit informed an annual commitment to energy retrofits, paid for through Mohawk’s deferred maintenance program.

Mohawk College is also building a reputation for building automation system excellence. Mohawk uses building automation systems to monitor and reduce energy consumption. The Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation also has an energy dashboard to record all energy consumption in the building. This data is displayed in real time on monitoring screens around the building. This information will also be available to be used by students for their projects and to make suggestions for improvements around the building.

Energy data consumption equipment by Panaoramic Power was also deployed in January 2017 and 2018 to measure energy consumption from certain equipment around the college (vending machines, large printers, computer work stations etc.) to understand their energy consumption and determine a plan for minimizing their usage during peak times. This equipment sent real time energy monitoring to a software which supplied reports for energy consumption during the equipment deployment. This monitoring information was used to remove a vending machine and provide education around leaving equipment on and plugged in when not in use.
Mohawk also has an Energy Conservation Committee (ECC) that meets monthly to discuss conservation initiatives, energy benchmarks and action plans for reducing energy consumption. Action plans and goals are created to ensure the college hits targets for peak demand days for the campuses and reduce whenever possible. An annual work plan for the ECC is set annually by the Chief of Buildings and Maintenance, and the Manger of Sustainability.

Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with a water management or benchmarking program? (0-100):

A brief description of the water management or benchmarking program:


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

For indoor air quality:
The Occupational Health and Safety conducts occupational hygiene monitoring including checking indoor air quality when a complaint is registered. Indoor air quality is also maintained and measured by the facilities services department through the building automation system and all complaints can be registered through them here: https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/about-mohawk/leadership-and-administration/corporate-services/facility-operations-and-engineering-1. If there is an issue with the air quality, the facilities team investigates the situation and fixes it in a timely manner. All mechanical and ventilation issues are taken seriously and addressed as soon as possible.

An example of an indoor air quality protocol or procedure is our chemical spill procedure. If air quality issues arise as a result of chemical spills or spills of some sort, action to ventilate the space is taken immediately whether it is through an open door or window. If it is a larger spill, the area is evacuated immediately and the security, health and safety and facilities management respond accordingly. https://mymohawk.mohawkcollege.ca/documents/60001/342925/Emergency-Safety-and-Security-Procedures.pdf

Mohawk College also educates employees about scents and strongly recommends being aware of and respectful of scents at the College. Read more here: https://mymohawk.mohawkcollege.ca/documents/60001/342925/Scent-Awareness-in-the-Workplace.pdf

While they cannot be used for this credit, Mohawk would still like to recognize our LEED certified buildings.

The Learning Exchange - LEED® Gold Certification, 2011
Mohawk College Sustainability Office created the LEED® Tour to introduce students and visitors to the many design components of the H-Wing renewal project, and the LEED® Gold certification awarded to the building. The Tour is an opportunity to explore and interact with the features of this space. Intentionally designed to meet green building targets and inspire innovation as a Living Lab, the H-Wing is an indoor environment that promotes health, wellness and overall enjoyment.

The David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre - LEED® Gold Certified, 2015
The David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre is Mohawk’s second building designed to meet LEED® Gold building targets. Mohawk College recognizes the environmental and social impacts of sustainable indoor and outdoor building projects, while creating high quality spaces that foster academic excellence and encourage health and wellness on campus. The DBARC LEED® Tour introduces students and visitors to the design components of the new recreation centre, explaining the tangible benefits of the design and the impact each feature has on energy efficiency and cost savings.

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