Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.44
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date Jan. 29, 2014
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University of Victoria
OP-3: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 4.00 Gary Bridgens
Director of Operations
Facilities Management Department
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Does the institution have any building space certified under the following green building rating systems for existing buildings?:
Yes or No
LEED for Existing Buildings or another 4-tier rating system used by an Established Green Building Council (GBC) No
The DGNB system, Green Star Performance, or another 3-tier GBC rating system No
BREEAM-In Use, CASBEE for Existing Building, or another 5-tier GBC rating system No
Other non-GBC rating systems (e.g. BOMA BESt, Green Globes) No

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

None


Total floor area of eligible building space (operations and maintenance):
3,703,157.06 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 4-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level (e.g. LEED Certified) 0 Square Feet
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) 0 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 3-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level 0 Square Feet
Mid-Level 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 5-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level 0 Square Feet
4th Highest Level 0 Square Feet
Mid-Level 0 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at any level under other green building rating systems for existing buildings:
0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is maintained in accordance with formally adopted sustainable building operations and maintenance guidelines or policies, but NOT certified:
3,703,157.06 Square Feet

A copy of the sustainable building operations and maintenance guidelines or policies:
The date the guidelines or policies were formally adopted:
Jan. 1, 2008

A brief description of the sustainable building operations and maintenance program and/or a list or sample of buildings covered:

UVic has no certification system that it uses to manage its building and operations, but various sustainability operations and maintenance guidelines and policies exist relative to the requirements for this credit ,and these have been integrated into the University's structure. They are included in the university's Sustainability Action Plan, the campus Integrated Energy Master Plan and operational procedures within the Facilities Managment Department. UVic operates and maintains its built environment according to principals of sustainability that increase energy and water efficiency, reduce utility expenses in the long run, and increase the comfort of our building occupants. In 2008 UVic implemented a green building policy that stated all new buildings must meet a minimum of standard of LEED Gold and currently have six certified LEED Gold buildings and a seventh under construction. Ongoing sustainable operations and maintenance initiatives include:
- Use of certified green cleaning products in all buildings
- Use of only low to zero VOC painting products in all buildings
- Ongoing, realtime energy monitoring in most buildings
- A comprehensive review of energy efficiency in 18 of the largest campus buildings, fine tuning HVAC and lighting control systems
- Retrofitting washroom fixtures with low flow toilets and urinals
- Sustainability Action Team programs with building occupants and residents to increase sustainable behaviours (energy and waste reduction)


A brief description of how the institution ensures compliance with sustainable building operation and maintenance guidelines and policies:

The use of green cleaning products and low to zero VOC paints is standard practice by maintenance staff across the university. These are the only products available for use. Further, UVic maintains the areas surrounding the building relative with integrated pest management and employs energy management staff who are responsible for all building operations and maintenance practices.


The website URL where information about the institution’s certified buildings and/or sustainable operations and maintenance guidelines or policies is available:

UVic has no certification system it uses to manage its building and operations, but various sustainability operations and maintenance guidelines exist relative to the requirements for this credit, and these have been integrated into the University's structure. They are included in the university's Sustainability Action Plan, the campus Integrated Energy Master Plan and operational procedures within the Facilities Management Department.
UVic operates and maintains its built environment according to principals of sustainability that increase energy and water efficiency, reduce utility expenses in the long run, and increase the comfort of our building occupants. In 2008 UVic implemented a green building policy that stated all new buildings must meet a minimum of standard of LEED Gold and currently have six certified LEED Gold buildings and a seventh under construction. Ongoing sustainable operations and maintenance initiatives include:
- Use of certified green cleaning products in all buildings
- Use of only low to zero VOC painting products in all buildings
- Ongoing, realtime energy monitoring in most buildings
- A comprehensive review of energy efficiency in 18 of the largest campus buildings, fine tuning HVAC and lighting control systems
- Retrofitting washroom fixtures with low flow toilets and urinals
- Sustainability Action Team programs with building occupants and residents to increase sustainable behaviours (energy and waste reduction)

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