Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.77
Liaison Marianne Martin
Submission Date Nov. 9, 2010
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.0

University of Colorado Boulder
OP-1: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.97 / 7.00 Moe Tabrizi
Assistant Director
Facilities Management- Administration
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Total building space that meets "Eligible Buildings Criteria":
10,407,845 Gross Square Feet

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:
7,805,883 Gross Square Feet

Building space that is LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M Certified :
0 Gross Square Feet

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

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

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

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:
October 2010

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

Within the past five years, Facilities Management Operations has established a strong focus on preventative maintenance by dedicating resources and formalizing the responsibilities of specific work areas within the organizational structure.

Over the last five to six years, the sustainability focus has led to the campus completing the recommissioning of nearly of all campus buildings mechanical systems (HVAC). Recommissioning of the HVAC systems has resulted in improved occupants’ comfort and energy conservation. Although not directly related to the recommissioning process, water conservation retrofits have been installed in nearly all campus restrooms.

In addition to recommissioning work, the campus uses the Building Automation Systems (BAS). This system serves as an effective tool for trouble shooting and Measurements and Verification (M&V) of building operations with the campus goal of achieving sustainable operations and maintenance. Each building’s energy and water usage is monitored, creating a trend aimed at troubleshooting operational problems within individual buildings and identifying potential issues that cut across multiple buildings (www.colorado.edu/conservation see building energy usage graphs).

Maintenance operations using a sustainability focus have resulted in a variety of operations and maintenance changes across campus. One example of this shift would be the change in campus lighting standards that now incorporate the need to avoid lighting pollution. This change in standards results in the choice of alternate lighting fixtures, selection of right-sized and right-type light bulbs and reduction of hours of operation to meet specific needs.

Sustainable goals have been incorporated into green cleaning products, with these materials becoming an integral component in campus efforts to strengthen indoor air quality. This manifests itself in the on-going use of green cleaning materials by building operational staff. Additionally, the support from the green purchasing policy ensures that proper cleaning materials continue to be purchased and used. Ongoing feedback from building occupants using surveys and trends analysis continues the focuses on comfort and IEQ. Other examples: lighting upgrades, lighting control, building envelope improvements (weather stripping, adding insulation, thermal imaging), demand control, temperature set back, to name only a few.


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