|Submission Date||March 1, 2019|
University of Richmond
OP-3: Building Operations and Maintenance
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Director of Sustainability
Office for Sustainability
Total floor area of building space:
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:
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:
University of Richmond is committed to green cleaning. We utilize green cleaning products for all of our campus spaces, which are serviced in-house by the Custodial and Environmental Services staff. Staff are trained following the Healthy High Performance Cleaning process. This process focuses on source reduction and pollution prevention to reduce impact on health and the environment.
Goals of the Healthy High Performance Cleaning program include the following:
1. Protect the health of building occupants through the removal of harmful contaminants, reducing noise and dust levels during cleaning, altering cleaning schedules, and selecting cleaning products that do not lead to adverse reactions.
2. Dust, mop, and clean to capture and remove soil and dust. This process utilizes microfiber towels and a strategy of folding to capture contaminants; micro-fiber dust mops; vacuums that meet C&RI Green Label with HEPA filters (we use the Pacer 12/15 UE http://www.nss.com/prod_vac_pacer_12_15_ue.php); and water-based dusting chemicals when used at all.
3. Perform floor care with a pollution prevention strategy. Focus on entryways to eliminate contaminants from entering via walk-off entry mats with non-porous backing, frequent vacuuming and dust mopping of entry area. Resource control is completed within the command center, which utilizes refillable products in mounted dispensers. The product used for flooring is Diversey Raindance, a Green Seal-certified cleaner. Carpet maintenance has a focus on moisture, ventilation, and use of HEPA filters in all high performance C&RI Green Label approved vacuums.
4. Maintain restrooms to maintain a healthy environment. We use paper products with high recycled content and disinfect with Oxivir, a Green Seal-certified product. Glass is cleaned with Glance, a Green Seal-certified cleaner.
Each building has at least one janitorial station that includes a command center where concentrated cleaning product is mixed with water at manufacturer standards. These command centers reduce waste and facilitate resource conservation. Safety is of paramount concern, so all staff go through a thorough initial training and regular performance update trainings. Staff are evaluated on their knowledge and performance. Staff also help review the products from performance and occupant health perspectives. Product selection is reviewed annually.
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:
Following an energy audit in 2011, UR created an Energy Master Plan with 52 potential projects. A number of these projects have been implemented, resulting in a 17% decrease of carbon emissions. In 2017, the University contracted Edison Energy to refresh the audit and help develop an energy conservation management program for all of campus as the next phase of the Energy Master Plan. Through this project, we have an updated energy audit, identified dozens of additional energy conservation measures (ECMs) that increase efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, and developed an ECM information management system, which is integrated into UR processes. The creation and implementation of an information management system has allowed us to better prioritize projects, identify responsible implementation parties, track data, and educate campus users. Only by understanding our energy usage with a continuous feedback system can we develop the best measures to conserve it. The Energy Plan and ECM tracker works with our BAS data management efforts, allowing us to look back for metrics and plan ahead to meet goals.
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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