Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.49
Liaison Tori Grant
Submission Date July 6, 2011
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.0

University of Calgary
OP-1: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.60 / 7.00 Justin Brown
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Total building space that meets "Eligible Buildings Criteria":
852,294.45 Gross square meters

Building space that is maintained in accordance with sustainable building operations and maintenance guidelines or policies but is NOT certified under LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M:
845,168.93 Gross square meters

Building space that is LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M Certified :
0 Gross square meters

Building space that is LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M Silver certified :
0 Gross square meters

Building space that is LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M Gold certified :
0 Gross square meters

Building space that is LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M Platinum certified :
0 Gross square meters

The website URL where a copy of the institution's guidelines or policies for sustainable building operations and maintenance is available :
An electronic copy of the guidelines or policies:

The date(s) the policies or guidelines were adopted:
June 2010

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

U of C Design Standards (see URL above)outline practices for new construction, renovation, renewal, and maintenance projects. These standards integrate green building performance requirements including considerations for sustainable sites (e.g. hard and soft landscape considertaon, rain water management, erosions and sedimentation control, light pollution reduction and energy efficiency), water efficiency, energy efficiency (including energy performance requirements and product performance requirements), materials and resources (e.g. construction waste management and product selection considertations), and indoor environmental quality (e.g. right to light and views, low emitting materials, indoor air quality protocols during, etc.).

In ongoing operations the University of Calgary utilizes Green Housekeeping practices in alignment with the Green Housekeeping requirements of LEED Canada for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance. Integrated Pest Management practices are also employed.

In ongoing purchasing the University of Calgary utilizes sustainable purchasing criteria in all RFP's and more aligns with LEED Ca EBOM credit requirements as follows:
- Desktop computing: EPEAT silver min, Energy STAR qualified
- Furnishings: Greenguard certified where applicable, preferences to products that meet a range of characteristics (recycled content/regional manufacturing/rapidly renewable product content/etc.)
- Consumable products: 100% recycled content toilet paper and paper towels, 30% recycled + FSC content copy paper pricing is offered at a lower price than virgin paper, take back program for toner cartridges, etc.

In waste management the University of Calgary's Institutional Sustainability Plan confirms a target of zero waste with interim short-term targets, current diversion rate not including C+D waste is ~44%. Construction and retrofit projects must achieve min 75% diversion. 100% of institutionally owned e-waste is recycled, more than 20 streams are reused (weekly surplus sale), composted (100% grounds, in progress to campus wide food waste), or recycled on an ongoing basis.

The U of C’s Design Standards (v 1.0) specify requirements for baseline indoor air quality testing, including formaldehyde, PM 10, TVOC and carbon monoxide after construction ends.

The U of C has an Indoor Environmental Quality Committee (IEQC), which works toward ensuring healthy work environments at the U of C.

More information can be found here:

The U of C has an Air Quality (IAQ) program in place across campus. Building occupants can submit any IAQ concerns through a report form, which begins an IAQ resolution process, found here:


Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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