Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.81
Liaison Chad King
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Denver
OP-2: Outdoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Thomas McGee
Energy Engineer
Facilities Planning & Management
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have policies and/or guidelines in place to improve outdoor air quality and minimize air pollutant emissions from mobile sources?:

A brief description of the policies and/or guidelines to improve outdoor air quality and minimize air pollutant emissions from mobile sources:

Has the institution completed an inventory of significant air emissions from stationary sources on campus?:

A brief description of the methodology(ies) the institution used to complete its air emissions inventory:

Annual reports from billing records indicate total on campus consumption of natural gas for heating, which were used to determine the contributions to air emissions.

Weight of the following categories of air emissions from stationary sources::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 0.06 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 0.05 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) ---
Particulate matter (PM) 0.67 Tons
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) 0.00 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) ---
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 0.16 Tons
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations ---

A brief description of the institution’s initiatives to minimize air pollutant emissions from stationary sources, including efforts made during the previous three years:

Our goal has been to focus new construction efforts toward creating a building envelop which minimizes heat loss while including heat recovery HVAC options where feasible and specifying and installing high efficiency boiler and heat recovery systems. We have utilized our local utilities Energy Design Assist program, to identify and model efficiency options prior to construction, and then selected the options which maximize the benefit of available capital resource after accounting for modeled energy savings and the applicable rebate associated with the bundle.
We also perform annual combustion analysis prior to the start of the heating season to assure our heating systems are optimized. We then monitor and alarm our airside economizer operation in an effort to minimize the instance of additional loads introduced on our campus heating systems as a result of the malfunction of our air handling unit outside air intakes.

The website URL where information about the institution’s outdoor air quality policies, guidelines or inventory is available:

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