Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.81
Liaison Michael Mendoza
Submission Date Jan. 4, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Houston
OP-3: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 5.00 Michael Mendoza
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Total floor area of building space:
14407080 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a green building rating system for the operations and maintenance of existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council:
Certified Floor Area
LEED O+M Platinum or the highest achievable level under another GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
LEED O+M Gold or the 2nd highest level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
Certified at mid-level under a 3- or 5-tier GBC rating system (e.g. BREEAM-In Use, CASBEE for Existing Buildings, DGNB, Green Star Performance) 0 Square Feet
LEED O+M Silver or at a step above minimum level under another 4 -or 5–tier GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
LEED O+M Certified or certified at minimum level under another GBC rating system 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified under a non-GBC rating system for the operations and maintenance of existing buildings, e.g. BOMA BESt, Green Globes CIEB:
0 Square Feet

Percentage of building space certified under a green building rating system for the operations and maintenance of existing buildings:
0

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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Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with a published indoor air quality (IAQ) management policy or protocol? (0-100):
100

A copy of the IAQ management policy or protocol:
The website URL where the IAQ policy/protocol may be found:
Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with a published green cleaning policy, program or contract ? (0-100):
100

A copy or the green cleaning policy:
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A brief description of how green cleaning is incorporated into cleaning contracts:

UH contracts out custodial services to Metroclean who employs a green cleaning policy and program that uses chemicals and supplies that are safe, non-toxic, and biodegradable.
The policy and program states staff uses products that:
• Do not contain dyes
• Are not delivered by aerosol cans
• Are not corrosive or irritating to the skin or eyes
• Do not constitute as hazardous waste
• Are not toxic to humans or aquatic life
• Are not combustible or flammable
• Do not contain any ozone-depleting compounds, greenhouse gases, or substances that contribute to smog or poor indoor quality
• Do not contain any carcinogens, mutagens, or teratogens
• Do not contain chlorinated solvents
• Do not contain heavy metals or harmful organic chemicals
• Do not contain bio accumulative substances

http://www.metrocleanonline.com/index.php/leadgreen/


Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with an energy management or benchmarking program? (0-100):
100

A brief description of the energy management or benchmarking program:

Members of the Facilities Management Team report on campus energy usage monthly. The data is tabulated into a "scorecard" that is reviewed by senior leadership within Facilities Management. Performance is tracked through this scorecard program and goals are set based on historic performance and future projections for campus demand.


Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with a water management or benchmarking program? (0-100):
100

A brief description of the water management or benchmarking program:

Members of the Facilities Management Team report on campus water usage monthly. The data is tabulated into a "scorecard" that is reviewed by senior leadership within Facilities Management. Performance is tracked through this scorecard program and goals are set based on historic performance and future projections for campus demand.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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UH Facilities Management utilizes software to monitor IAQ in buildings across campus. The systems measure relative humidity, temperature, VOCs, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide via a complete Direct Digital Control (DDC) Building Automation System (BAS). The system sends alarms and Event Notifications to pagers, and email services. Monitoring process and schedules are listed below:

The system samples and monitors a minimum of two (2) remote sampling points per Chiller.

Carbon Dioxide Sensor and Transmitter: Single detectors using solid-state infrared sensors; suitable over a temperature range of 23°F to 130°F (-5°C to 55° C) and calibrated for 0% to 2% of full range, with continuous or averaged reading.

Carbon Monoxide detection uses a single or multi-channel, dual-level detectors, using solid-state sensors calibrated for 50 and 100 ppm, with maximum 120-second response time to 100-ppm carbon monoxide.

Oxygen Sensor and Transmitter detectors use solid-state zircon cell sensing calibrated for 0% to 5%, with continuous or averaged reading.

For IAQ concerns UH Environmental Health and Life Safety staff use a Q-trak monitor that measures relative humidity, temperature, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide and indicates how the building’s HVAC system is functioning. Humidity and temperature indicate if the a building’s HVAC is working properly. Carbon Dioxide levels are used to identify problems with not enough air changes in a building. The team also employs regular use of an Organic Vapor Monitor (OVM) that measures a range of volatile organic compounds but is not compound specific as well as natural gas sniffers to measure for gas leaks. Any IAQ issue can be reported through either an internal work order system or by contacting UH EHLS directly. Any corrective measures follow the protocol listed in the attachment under IAQ.

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