Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Oct. 20, 2014
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Pennsylvania State University
OP-16: Life Cycle Cost Analysis

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
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Does the the institution employ Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) as a matter of policy and practice when evaluating energy and water-using products and systems?:

Does the institution employ LCCA as a matter of policy and practice across the operations of the entire institution (i.e. all divisions)?:

A brief description of the LCCA policy(ies) and practice(s):

Design Professionals are required to design systems for optimal operating efficiency, reliability, and flexibility with the lowest life cycle cost. This is specified in our Design and Construction Standards. For HVAC systems, the Design Professional shall carefully evaluate and properly select the most effective equipment type and to best suit the needs of the application with emphasis on minimizing operating and life cycle cost, rather than minimizing size and first cost. An Economic / LCCA is required to be performed and documentation submitted to confirm selection of base systems and potential options for alternate bids. In addition, at a minimum, facilities at Penn State are required to achieve at least 30% energy savings over the latest version of the ASHREA 90.1 standard. Documentation of compliance is required and verified.

Although there is no LCCA requirement that applies to all institutional purchases, Penn State's guidelines for suppliers state that: "We encourage suppliers to identify products, services, or processes that promote environmental stewardship. In addition to the requested bid, suppliers are encouraged to offer an additional bid for products, services, or processes that are more environmentally friendly... Benefits may include: Reduced life cycle costs, reduced energy consumption, recycled content, recyclability, extended product life, and decreased maintenance."

The website URL where information about the institution’s LCCA policies and practices is available:

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