|Submission Date||May 29, 2015|
University of Virginia
OP-5: Indoor Air Quality
Director - Office for Sustainability
Office for Sustainability
Floor area of building space covered by an indoor air quality (IAQ) management program that meets the criteria for this credit:
Gross floor area of building space:
A brief description of the institution’s indoor air quality program(s) (including information about regular auditing or monitoring, mechanisms for occupants to register complaints, and action plans):
The University has programs in place to improve and manage the institution's indoor air quality. When a concern is raised is about a buildings indoor air quality, an indoor air quality investigation is conducted, which initially examines the current conditions that occupants are experiencing. The investigation includes a walk-through survey, interviews with occupants and consultation with facilities management on the operation of the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system. Indoor air quality problems arise in non-industrial buildings when there is an inadequate amount of clean, outdoor air being provided for the amount of air contaminants present in that space. Air contaminants sources can be biological in nature (mold, dust mites and other allergens), or chemical (formaldehyde, carbon monoxide) and can originate either inside or outside a building. Physical factors (temperature and relative humidity) can contribute to perceptions of poor air quality as well. Air sampling is rarely undertaken, as often, adjustments to the HVAC system or better housekeeping are all that is needed.
Moreover, the entire University is covered by our IAQ program, including its off site facilities. The IAQ program is also one of many of the Industrial Hygiene Division’s (two FTE and one part time student) responsibilities. The effort to provide good indoor air quality in all work spaces is supported by the Building Services’ Green Seal Certification, preventative and corrective maintenance of ventilation systems by Facilities Management HVAC mechanics, associated University policies, such as the No Smoking Policy, Mold Management Policy, and the Environmental Management Policy
The website URL where information about the institution’s indoor air quality program(s) is available:
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