Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 63.29
Liaison Allison Mihalich
Submission Date Oct. 13, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Notre Dame
OP-3: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
1.00 / 5.00 Mike Seamon
Vice President
Campus Safety & University Operatis
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Total floor area of building space:
10,227,640 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:

A brief description of the green building rating system(s) used and/or a list or sample of certified buildings and ratings:

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):

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):

A copy or the green cleaning policy:

A brief description of how green cleaning is incorporated into cleaning contracts:

Environmental and Green Cleaning Policy
In keeping with our vision to maintain the campus effectively, the Building Services
Department affirms its commitment to the environment stewardship and sustainability. This policy reaffirms our commitment to making choices of cleaning solutions, practices, and equipment, our goals for personnel training, and custodial personnel commitment to practice environmentally conscious cleaning and sanitation procedures.

The Building Services Department established this policy to reduce exposure of building
occupants and custodial personnel to potentially hazardous chemical contaminants that
adversely impact air quality or impede occupant’s well-being. In short we want to control the health negative components within the indoor as well as the outdoor environment.

Goals and Strategies
Goals are to minimize the exterior impact on the local environment and to emphasize and practice environmentally safe, low-impact cleaning chemicals and practices. The Building Services Department continually aims to improve its environmental performance by:
 Educating, training, and motivating custodial staff to work in an environmentally
responsible manner.
 Ensure that all custodial staff is aware of their responsibilities in implementing this
environmental and green cleaning policy.
 Conserving energy, water, and other resources.
 Complying with all relevant current legislation and industry standards.
 To support and educate custodial staff on our Storm Water Quality Management Plan
IDEM Rule 12.

 When considering relationships with custodial suppliers seek to form partnerships
with organizations that are conscious of and making efforts toward sustainable
decisions regarding their own responsibility to the environment.
 Implement hand sanitizer program promoting and educating waterless hand
 When making chemical decisions to evaluate and select environmentally preferred
 Establish a core chemical program that consists of environmentally preferred products
or similar “Green Seal” certified including floor care products.
 Implement floor finish that is sustainable and does not require the use of
environmentally hazardous chemicals to maintain and reduces/eliminates annual
floor stripping and refinishing (3M Greener Solutions)
 Use and evaluate paper and plastic products that use high post-consumer recycled
content or are alternate more easily renewable content (alternative fibers).
 Using chemical dilution systems that automatically measure and dispense products
accurately (using concentrated products as a first choice – Diversey Quattro Select
 When purchasing cleaning equipment do so with an environmentally preferred
directive (if available always consider EC water equipment first).
 Implement and install chemical efficient micro-fiber system for floor care and other
daily maintenance tasks (CPI system).
 Establish annual floor maintenance program focusing on daily and interim
maintenance work preventing the need for restorative cleaning projects.
 Educate and train staff on the hazards of the custodial work place and the proper
techniques for storing and using custodial chemicals keeping the worker and building
occupants safety in mind at all times.
 Conduct weekly quality inspections to ensure proper techniques are being followed
and equipment/chemicals are used in the proscribed manner.
 Conduct regularly scheduled visits with vendors and distributors to ensure these
initiatives are always part of the Notre Dame Building Services custodial procedure plan.

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):

A brief description of the energy management or benchmarking program:

The University's energy management plan is based on investing in technologies and strategies that produce a carbon offset, to maximize the impact of its actions such investments have first focused on the low hanging fruit or projects with the best paybacks. In this manner savings can be reinvested to return even more carbon reduction and energy conservation. This strategy had resulted in the University investing over $15M in energy conservation measures since 2008.

The University of Notre Dame has used a wide array of techniques and technologies to manage energy on its campus. Its earliest examples date back to them energy crisis of the 1970's, have continued over the intervening years and are part and parcel to the University's design standards looking forward. Te installation of a Central Building Automation System that has been continually expanded and upgrade the University has visibility and control of the campus HVAC systems. This tool provides for scheduling correlated to building usage along with the integration of occupancy sensing to manage both HVAC and lighting. We also utilize the Lucent BuildingOS Dashboard to monitor, benchmark and assess energy usage and performance. By utilizing BuidingOS to track performance, it gives us the ability to set goals and evaluate progress. We use it for our annual energy reduction competition among residence halls that we call Megawatt Madness.

Numerous other energy conservation and management solutions have been implemented including high efficiency lighting including LED lighting and daylight harvesting. Significant investment in variable frequency drives has had significant impact in optimizing motor energy. Lab fume hood air reductions, and various control software strategies along with a campus temperature set point policy have also garnered energy reductions.

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):

A brief description of the water management or benchmarking program:

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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