Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.35
Liaison Christa Rieck
Submission Date Nov. 23, 2015
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University of Houston
OP-5: Indoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.33 / 1.00 Gabriel Durham
Graduate assistant
Office of Sustainability
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Floor area of building space covered by an indoor air quality (IAQ) management program that meets the criteria for this credit:
4,147,546.94 Square Feet

Gross floor area of building space:
12,730,708.82 Square Feet

A brief description of the institution’s indoor air quality program(s) (including information about regular auditing or monitoring, mechanisms for occupants to register complaints, and action plans):

The University of Houston’s indoor air quality program is taken from the LEED Silver criteria (LEED 4). This includes the following regulations:
1) Smoking will be prohibited in and adjacent to the building: Required.
(The University of Houston transitioned to a tobacco-free campus
beginning Fall 2015.)
2) Minimum ventilation performance: Required.
3) Carbon dioxide monitoring and control: Required in large common
spaces (student lounges, multi-purpose rooms, etc.).
4) Increased ventilation effectiveness: Desirable.
5) Construction procedures that reduce impact on interior air quality
during and after construction: Required.
6) Use of materials that are low-emitting, non-toxic, and chemically inert:
7) Control of sources of indoor pollutants: Required.
8) Individual occupant control of environmental systems: If possible.
9) Individual occupant control of lighting systems: Desirable.
10) Thermal comfort conditions: As specified.
11) Provision of daylighting: Desirable.
12) Provision of views to outdoors: Desirable.
13) Humidity control and monitoring: Required in large common spaces
(student lounges, multi-purpose rooms, etc.).
All buildings built since 2009 must meet these criteria. Environmental Health and Life Safely no longer regulates indoor air quality, but instead respond to incident reports.

Campus labs also self-regulate indoor air quality.

The website URL where information about the institution’s indoor air quality program(s) is available:

Square footage comes from the total area of buildings built to LEED Silver criteria (all buildings since 2009) and total laboratory area (self-regulate indoor air quality).

LEED Buildings: 3,210,283.94 square feet

Lab Space: 937,263.0 square feet

Laboratory regulations: http://www.uh.edu/ehs/manuals_and_forms/Laboratory-Standard-and-Design-Guideline.pdf

General Safety Guidelines: http://www.uh.edu/ehs/manuals_and_forms/manuals_Lab_Saf.pdf

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