|Submission Date||July 6, 2011|
University of Calgary
OP-3: Indoor Air Quality
Office of Sustainability
Occupied building space covered by an indoor air quality plan, policy, and/or practices that include regular auditing or monitoring and a mechanism for occupants to register complaints :
Total occupied building space :
A brief description of the institution's indoor air quality plan, policy, and/or practices:
The University of Calgary has a dedicated Indoor Environmental Quality Committee (IEQC) which is focused on ensuring a healthy work environment on campus. With 13 members meeting at least six times per year, the IEQC ensures that the “Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation and Code” is followed to the best of the committee’s ability and addresses any indoor environmental quality issues or concerns. The IEQC monitors areas with indoor environmental quality concerns and provides recommended action to resolve IEQ issues in such areas.
The IEQC is also responsible for ensuring an effective mechanism by which building occupants can register indoor air quality concerns and as well as for responding to the registered concerns. Occupants of buildings at the U of C’s Main Campus, Foothills Campus, Spyhill Campus and Downtown Campus are able to report air quality concerns through an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Concern Report Form. This report form initiates a process to resolve the air quality concern, found here: http://www.ucalgary.ca/safety/files/safety/IAQFlowChart.pdf
The University of Calgary Design Standards specifies sustainability performance standards including standards for indoor environmental quality. With respect to IAQ it states construction activities shall seek to prevent indoor environmental quality problems resulting from the construction/renovation process in order to help sustain the comfort and well being of construction workers and building occupants, through the use of:
- an Indoor Environmental Quality Plan - comply with LEED Ca NC 2009 (or equivalent for LEED Ca - CI) requirements for Construction IAQ Management Plan
- A building flush-out after construction ends and before or overlapping with occupancy.
- Some new buildings also undertake independant air quality testing prior to occupancy.
The website URL where information about the institution's indoor air quality initiatives is available: