Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.04
Liaison Shoshana Blank
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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Tufts University
OP-3: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 5.00 Shoshana Blank
Education and Outreach Program Administrator
Office of Sustainability
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Total floor area of building space:
5590361 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:

N/A


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:
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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:

The university has invested in a utility bill management software that process 7000 bills and looks for anomalies and deviations that are investigated by the facilities teams to determine if there are opportunities to reduce waste and costs. The business operations team has created a Tableau based tool of our energy intensity based on utility bill meter data and the buildings physical address to begin to understand how and where we use the most energy


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:

Tufts has broadened the analytics, accountability and transparency in its energy management program, which includes water management. We currently collect historical water consumption by building and by campus and use that as baseline to monitor and compare usage (Example of YoY water consumption report is attached). We are in the early stage of researching EnergyStar and other resources to develop an industry standard for water benchmarking.

Tufts invested in EnelX utility bill management software a few years ago. This software identifies anomalies that cannot be detected by a plumber visiting and/or leaking equipment, which helps pinpoint water loss and excessive water costs. For example, if water usage has doubled this month compared to the same period last year, Tufts operations receive a water usage anomaly notification by email. Then, we analyze various factors that can lead to this deviation. In this initial investigation round, we look at current and previous occupancy usage, building status, seasonality, vacancy, site modification, billing accuracy and other causes. If initial investigation doesn’t yield a result, we communicate with respective departments for further investigation. Corrective actions/adjustments/improvements are implemented accordingly, and reports are sent out to campus managers periodically. In addition, the utility management software also interfaces with other system like Tableau to create visualization dashboards.


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