Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.48
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Oct. 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Utah
OP-4: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 5.00 Sam Jensen Augustine
Energy/Sustainability Project
Planning Design & Construction
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total floor area of existing building space:
16,812,339 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 16,812,339 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 16,812,339 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:

The University of Utah meets the "multi-attribute, sustainable management policy/program as descrbied in "Examples of Mulit-attribute and Single-attribute Building Frameworks". University facilities are
Managed in accordance with the following:
- Green cleaning program
- IAQ protocol
- IPM program
- Managed under US EPA Portfolio Manager (or an equivalent energy/water management program).

Green Cleaning
The University has a least toxic effective cleaning protocol. Information regarding the usage and purchasing information of chemicals used on campus is attached.

Staffing:
The any of the University's maintenance policies (see attached) are aligned with the requirements of LEED O+M credits including Flex Crews for Custodial work, Ergonomic equipment requirements, and general staffing and cleaning approaches as shown in the attachment.
All buildings are managed using the least toxic effective materials (see attached documentation.

An IAQ SOP has been in place since 2009. Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety (https://oehs.utah.edu/) is responsible for implementation. Further work this coming year will be towards implementing protocol consistent with I-BEAM or ASHRAE standards.The policy is attached.

IPM
URL: https://facilities.utah.edu/landscape/ipm/
All buildings are managed under the US EPA Portfolio Manager for energy. The University of Utah’s portfolio consists of more than 280 buildings and over 16 million square feet. Total energy consumption and costs are the lowest they’ve been since 2011, despite a 23% growth in total building area over the same time span.

Energy use intensity savings were realized with a focus on operational efficiency, source energy management, and use of increasingly-efficient infrastructure in construction and renovation projects. Zone scheduling, controls optimization, lighting and HVAC system upgrades, the use of analytics to identify and validate failed equipment, and thermostat usage guidelines have all contributed heavily to increased operational efficiency.

While water usage is not tracked in Portfolio Manager it is tracked separately. The University has implemented significant water savings measures in the past 5 years including water savings through irrigation efficiency projects.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable operations and maintenance program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

An IAQ SOP has been in place since 2009. Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety (https://oehs.utah.edu/) is responsible for implementation. Further work this coming year will be towards implementing protocol consistent with I-BEAM or ASHRAE standards.

The Supervisor of Landscape Maintenance, Lisa McCarrel has been trained in IPM, and her department follows the following best practices: Thresholds: Chemicals are only used in the landscape as a last resort if the economic value of the landscape is jeopardized or if there is a perceived threat to human health and safety. Pest populations are monitored through visual inspections. Prevention: The pest population is kept under control by removing excess debris and pruning to improve plant health. In addition, a housekeeping protocol under Plant Operations Janitorial department minimizes the need for pest control in the interior spaces. Control: When chemicals are required, their use is documented with standardized record-keeping and applied only according to the label and manufacturer’s instructions. Recently, the Landscape Supervisor has made additions to the team that reflect our commitment to properly monitoring and addressing pest or disease concerns on campus; we now have an IPM Crew Lead and team who assist other team members in identifying pests and developing an appropriate response. We have added soil testing to our data collection as well.

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