Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.84
Liaison Kalyna Procyk
Submission Date June 6, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Muhlenberg College
OP-3: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 5.00 Tim Korn
Maintenance Supervisor
Plant Operations
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Total floor area of building space:
1,488,494 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:
0

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

LEED is used as a guideline for all of the new building projects. There are also official policies and guidelines regarding the sustainable building operations or maintenance among buildings that are not certified.


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):
100

A copy of the IAQ management policy or protocol:
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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):
100

A copy or the green cleaning policy:
A brief description of how green cleaning is incorporated into cleaning contracts:

Cleaning chemicals used on campus are in compliance with the Green Cleaning Standard.
Housekeeping division of Plant Operations is committed to maintaining a high standard of cleanliness through Green Cleaning Practices. We will accomplish this level of commitment by incorporating Green Seal Certified chemicals, as well as, certified equipment that meet CRI Green Label standards. We are determined to provide healthy high performance cleaning and a more productive indoor environment with fewer burdens to our natural resources. In essence, the Housekeeping department follows Green Cleaning practices with the intention of protecting the health of its students, faculty, staff, and visitors without harming the environment.


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):
100

A brief description of the energy management or benchmarking program:

Building air ventilation systems have methods to reduce unnecessary airflow in times of low occupancy by the use of occupancy sensors, set-back controls, CO2 monitoring and scheduling of VAV airflows through the Building automation systems. All new boiler system installations are installed utilizing the most efficient design criteria by reducing excessive temperatures in the buildings and lowering heating system operating temperatures; They also have the capability to shut down systems completely when not necessary. Existing systems are retrofitted under these same guidelines. Lighting systems include the installation of sensors and controls to detect occupancy and reduce output during unoccupied times. Newly purchased campus appliances are Energy Star rated and laundry equipment is CEE Tier 3 or better. All heating oil fuel sources are converted to Natural gas as system replacement is imminent or sooner when feasible. The College continues to evaluate the use of renewable energy sources on campus. Building sub-metering is used on electric, steam, natural gas and domestic water, improving building efficiencies and system operations by Benchmarking, Energy audits and retro-commissioning are performed to identify energy-related improvements. A comprehensive Equipment Maintenance plan is followed to maintain equipment at peak performance.

http://www.muhlenberg.edu/main/aboutus/plantops/sustainableinitiatives/sbom/


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):
100

A brief description of the water management or benchmarking program:

Building sub-metering is used on domestic water, improving building efficiencies and system operations by Benchmarking. The majority of campus buildings now have water meters or sub-meters. This was done for two purposes. First, it allows Plant operations to benchmark and track all campus use and to target areas for improvement. These meters have been useful in identifying leaks and waste and are reviewed by Plant Operations staff with regularity and continuously inform operations. Second, the meters provide feedback regarding student water usage and will allow us to incorporate water into behavior-change campaigns. A current competition exists for dorm energy usage and their are plans to incorporate water as well.

http://www.muhlenberg.edu/main/aboutus/plantops/sustainableinitiatives/sbom/


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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LEED is used as a guideline for all of the new building projects. There are also official policies and guidelines regarding the sustainable building operations or maintenance among buildings that are not certified.

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