Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.35
Liaison Amy Kadrie
Submission Date Dec. 15, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Rochester
OP-4: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 5.00 Michael Chihoski
Sr Assoc VP, Univ Facilities & Svcs
Assoc VP Office of Facilities
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Total floor area of existing building space:
1,192,669.11 Square meters

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) Square meters
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) Square meters
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) Square meters
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) Square meters
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) Square meters
Certified at any level under a non-GBC rating system or single-attribute rating system focused on the operations and maintenance of existing buildings Square meters
Operated and maintained in accordance with a multi-attribute, sustainable management policy/program, but not certified under an O+M rating system 1,192,669.11 Square meters
Operated and maintained in accordance with a single-attribute, sustainable management policy/program, but not certified under an O+M rating system
 Square meters
Total 1,192,669.11 Square meters

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

A brief description of the sustainable operations and maintenance policy/program and/or O+M rating system(s) used:
The Indoor Air Quality Policy: Upon receiving an IAQ complaint or concern, EH&S will do a site visit to do a walkthrough of the space and interview building contacts and occupants regarding the concern. EHS investigates the area of concern to determine a probable cause (or causes) and then provides recommendations to the building manager or other parties as appropriate to rectify the situation. Often times, we bring our IAQ meter to measure common IAQ parameters such as temperature, relative humidity, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide. If needed, we at times use a VOC (volatile organic chemical ) meter for situations such as odor complaints. EHS will also contact Facilities to do a check of the ventilation system to be sure outdoor air dampers are at designed settings, filter change out schedules are being followed, and inquire if any facilities work is being done in the area. If needed, EHS can perform more extensive assessments that include leaving the IAQ meter at the location for an extended time to log data to look for trends, or other additional sampling as needed. http://www.safety.rochester.edu/ih/iaq/iaqpolicy.html The Energy Management Program: All HVAC systems are managed under one of 4 building automation systems which are designed to maximize energy savings/reduction. Energy sequences include load shedding, peak demand limiting, optimal start programming, enthalpy/economization, sunrise/sunset outside lighting, zone scheduling and other energy demand control strategies. The metering at the university is used for many reasons: 1) Tracking usage per building of the different utilities (CHW, HW, Steam, Electric, Gas, and Water) and stored for historical reference 2) Monthly reports for the different divisions/buildings for comparison and action (IE: meter reads higher than historical yields investigation) 3) EUI calculations for all the buildings from their meter data to gauge annual performance 4) Internal dashboard to look at building instantaneous EUI and energy history for troubleshooting and correction 5) Comparing building EUI against the average for each campus (IE: River Campus average vs bldg. on River Campus) 6) Metric on our external metering at our Central plant to verify efficient operation and distribution (KW/ton, etc) The Water Management Program: All major and most minor University buildings (approximately 85%) have water meters installed. The meters measure water consumption and report back to Central Utilities for data and billing purposes. Since the University receives our water from the city, there are a few major water meters that record major city water intakes. When the meters show excessive use of water, emergency notices are sent out to immediately remedy the problem. The University of Rochester installs and replaces urinals and toilets with low-flow fixtures whenever possible. The University has replaced old taps and shower heads with low flow taps and showerheads and old toilets with low flow toilets throughout the dormitories, classrooms, and other buildings. Landscaping on campus is designed so the plants do not need irrigation. Typical plant construction plans do not include irrigation designs instead favoring those that reduce water consumption. Native plants are included to maximize the survival of plantations, and currently annual, drought-tolerant flowers are grown as well. The goal is to reduce water usage by one-third. Native and drought-tolerant plants are selected for use in new landscape designs. Irrigation is installed to establish new plantings and is used during droughts. The Horticulture and Grounds department monitors weather forecasts and when appropriate will direct manual adjustment of irrigation throughout the campus.

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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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Guidelines for sustainable operations and maintenance on page 9 of the campus master plan.

Guidelines for sustainable operations and maintenance on page 9 of the campus master plan.

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