Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.22
Liaison Olivia Wiebe
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Idaho
OP-4: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 5.00 Rusty Vineyard
Director
Facilities Operations
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Total floor area of existing building space:
4,394,680 Square Feet

Floor area of existing building space operated and maintained in accordance with a sustainable management policy/program and/or a green building rating system:
Existing floor area
Certified at the highest achievable level under a multi-attribute, Green Building Council (GBC) rating system focused on the operations and maintenance of existing buildings (e.g., LEED O+M Platinum) 0 Square Feet
Certified at the 2nd highest level under a 4- or 5-tier, multi-attribute, GBC rating system focused on the operations and maintenance of existing buildings (e.g., LEED O+M Gold) 0 Square Feet
Certified at mid-level under a 3- or 5-tier, multi-attribute, GBC rating system focused on the operations and maintenance of existing buildings (e.g., BREEAM-In Use Very Good) 0 Square Feet
Certified at a step above minimum level under a 4 -or 5–tier, multi-attribute, GBC rating system focused on the operations and maintenance of existing buildings (e.g., LEED O+M Silver) 0 Square Feet
Certified at minimum level under a multi-attribute, GBC rating system focused on the operations and maintenance of existing buildings (e.g., BREEAM In-Use Pass or LEED O+M Certified) 0 Square Feet
Certified at any level under a non-GBC rating system or single-attribute rating system focused on the operations and maintenance of existing buildings 0 Square Feet
Operated and maintained in accordance with a multi-attribute, sustainable management policy/program, but not certified under an O+M rating system 0 Square Feet
Operated and maintained in accordance with a single-attribute, sustainable management policy/program, but not certified under an O+M rating system
 0 Square Feet
Total 0 Square Feet

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

A brief description of the sustainable operations and maintenance policy/program and/or O+M rating system(s) used:

It is the policy of the university to finance, plan, design, construct, manage, renovate and maintain its facilities in a sustainable fashion. While construction of sustainable buildings potentially incurs additional first costs—both in terms of design fees and construction costs—sustainable buildings have reduced operating costs. The university recognizes that investing in sustainable building practices usually has a short payback period and yields substantial savings over the life cycle of the completed facility. Examples of design standards that have been implemented in campus buildings include:

Building air conditioning systems make extensive use of economizer cooling to use outside air for cooling (when temperatures allow) instead of mechanical energy.
Air handling systems for nearly all major fan systems use VFDs to reduce fan energy and prolong motor life.
Chilled and hot water systems on campus use variable flow systems with VFDs to minimize pumping energy and extend pump motor life.
Chilled water from the District Chilled Water Network is the preferred means to provide heat rejection demands for items such as food and storage locker coolers within the university’s food service venues, IT servers and the various research applications on campus. This eliminates avoidable costs related to individual air-cooled condensing units and improves efficiency.
Nearly all of the newer lab buildings and some other facilities such as the new Living Learning Center make extensive use of heat recovery systems to reduce energy costs by tempering (heating and/or cooling) ventilation air. The University of Idaho is a leader in the state in terms of the use of heat recovery systems in laboratory facilities.
HVAC systems for all new buildings and major remodeled buildings are controlled through a campus wide Energy Management System (EMS) and have an unoccupied mode sequence of controls where possible.
All new buildings and major remodeled buildings are sub-metered for energy use (steam, electricity, and chilled water), and water use for both domestic and irrigation systems.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable operations and maintenance program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Randy Smith, Director of Maintenance and Operations; Facilities

http://www.uidaho.edu/facilities/energy/greenbuilding/buildingdesignstandards

http://www.uidaho.edu/apm/40/03

Examples of design standards that have been implemented in campus buildings include:

Building air conditioning systems make extensive use of economizer cooling to use outside air for cooling (when temperatures allow) instead of mechanical energy.

Air handling systems for nearly all major fan systems use VFDs to reduce fan energy and prolong motor life.

Chilled and hot water systems on campus use variable flow systems with VFDs to minimize pumping energy and extend pump motor life.

Chilled water from the District Chilled Water Network is the preferred means to provide heat rejection demands for items such as food and storage locker coolers within the university’s food service venues, IT servers and the various research applications on campus. This eliminates avoidable costs related to individual air-cooled condensing units and improves efficiency.

Nearly all of the newer lab buildings and some other facilities such as the new Living Learning Center make extensive use of heat recovery systems to reduce energy costs by tempering (heating and/or cooling) ventilation air. The University of Idaho is a leader in the state in terms of the use of heat recovery systems in laboratory facilities.

HVAC systems for all new buildings and major remodeled buildings are controlled through a campus wide Energy Management System (EMS) and have an unoccupied mode sequence of controls where possible.

All new buildings and major remodeled buildings are sub-metered for energy use (steam, electricity, and chilled water), and water use for both domestic and irrigation systems.

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