Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.82
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2015
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University of Colorado Colorado Springs
OP-3: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 4.00 Rob Dougherty
Director Physical Plant
Facilities Services
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Does the institution have any building space certified under the following green building rating systems for existing buildings?:
Yes or No
LEED for Existing Buildings or another 4-tier rating system used by an Established Green Building Council (GBC) No
The DGNB system, Green Star Performance, or another 3-tier GBC rating system No
BREEAM-In Use, CASBEE for Existing Building, or another 5-tier GBC rating system No
Other non-GBC rating systems (e.g. BOMA BESt, Green Globes) No

A brief description of the green building rating system(s) used and/or a list or sample of certified buildings and ratings:
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Total floor area of eligible building space (operations and maintenance):
1,832,183 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 4-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level (e.g. LEED Certified) 0 Square Feet
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) 0 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) 0 Square Feet

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Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 5-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
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Floor area of building space that is certified at any level under other green building rating systems for existing buildings:
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Floor area of building space that is maintained in accordance with formally adopted sustainable building operations and maintenance guidelines or policies, but NOT certified:
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A copy of the sustainable building operations and maintenance guidelines or policies:
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The date the guidelines or policies were formally adopted:
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A brief description of the sustainable building operations and maintenance program and/or a list or sample of buildings covered:

Our maintenance and electrical services groups review and identify General Fund building efficiency issues on an ongoing basis.
a. Energy Conversation Measures or ECM’s are identified and adjusted based on building usage in coordination with our technology provider and HVAC technical team.
b. Thermal imagery has been introduced to identify problem building areas. Forster house recently had ceiling insulation added.
c. Preventative Maintenance practices improve equipment performance. Vibration analysis has just been added to our maintenance practices for critical equipment. Building filter replacement is scheduled and implemented using our CMMS system.
d. Two cooling towers were recently replaced thus improving operating performance and water usage. Sub-meters will be added to measure water usage.
e. Urinals, toilets and sinks will continue to be replaced with systems using less water.
f. Solar panels have been added to Centennial during the remodel
g. Electrical light sensors continued to be identified and added
h. Led lighting continues to be added when previous systems are scheduled for change. Example – lamp replacement at the TRW parking lot exterior fixtures.


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

The university develops and maintains three documents related to sustainable building operation and maintenance guidelines and policies: Campus Design Guidelines, Campus Construction Standards, and Campus Landscape Guidelines.

1.Impacts on the Surrounding Site
The campus landscape must be sustainable. On the land at UCCS, the existing vegetation is that which nature long ago decided was best suited to its elevation and micro-climate. It requires little maintenance and its continued use is evidence of good stewardship of the unique land of the UCCS campus.

2.Energy Consumption
Energy conservation must be given special consideration in the design of new or remodeled University buildings. UCCS requires a life cycle cost analysis, where appropriate, on major components of new facilities and renovation projects.
The University is therefore dedicated to the principle of conserving energy and will scrutinize proposed construction for means of reducing initial cost, as well as life cycle analysis to inform the design decision. The Architect shall work in close cooperation with the Engineers to provide an integrated design.

3.Usage of Environmentally Preferable Materials
Selection of exterior building materials should consider insulation value, high recycle content, low emissions, reduced job-site scrap, regional manufacturing source, sustainability, durability, reduction of energy costs, occupant comfort and aesthetic contribution.

4.Indoor Environment Quality
The benefits of improved indoor air quality, energy conservation and enhanced visual surroundings promote a healthy and productive environment for inhabitants. System Design Requirements: System selection shall consider the environmental requirements for thermal control, indoor air quality and energy use.

5.Water Consumption
Consideration of mechanical and lighting system efficiency, daylighting schemes, reduction/elimination of environmentally harmful substances, regional material availability, water conservation, and indigenous or xeric plant usage are general strategies that should be evaluated.


The website URL where information about the institution’s certified buildings and/or sustainable operations and maintenance guidelines or policies is available:

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