Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.02
Liaison Nathan King
Submission Date Oct. 15, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.2

Virginia Tech
OP-3: Indoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.21 / 2.00 Harley Ashe
Trades Supervisor
Facilities Operations
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Occupied building space covered by an indoor air quality plan, policy, and/or practices that include regular auditing or monitoring and a mechanism for occupants to register complaints :
1,038,240 Square feet

Total occupied building space :
9,765,705 Square feet

A brief description of the institution's indoor air quality plan, policy, and/or practices:

The 1,038,240.0 square feet listed above it not fully representative of Virginia Tech's efforts to ensure healthy Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). The full campus is covered by an IAQ program which provides a mechanism for occupants to register complaints and performs IAQ inspections upon request.

The following buildings are routinely inspected with follow-up audits as necessary on a minimum annual basis. The collective square footage of these buildings is the 886,589 square foot figure referenced above.

• Cowgill Hall – 68,417 GSF
• Derring Hall – 207,929 GSF
• Litton-Reaves Hall – 146,267 GSF
• Newman Library – 226,630 GSF
• Student Services – 36,385 GSF
• Torgersen Hall - 149,651 GSF
• War Memorial Gym – 200,961 GSF

Virginia Tech Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) performs IAQ inspections upon request by university personnel who are experiencing adverse health effects during the course of the workday which may be related to indoor air quality. IAQ inspections include, but are not limited to the following:

• Visual inspection of occupied spaces and air-handling systems serving the space;
• Evaluation of building ventilation rates to ensure that occupants are receiving an adequate quantity of outside air and dilution ventilation;
• Evaluation of building temperature and relative humidity to ensure occupant comfort and to prevent microbial growth and amplification;
• Quantification of chemical contaminants that have been identified during the visual inspection;
• Upon completion of the IAQ inspection, EHSS will work with facilities and all other parties involved to resolve those IAQ issues identified during the course of the inspection.

Additional IAQ services that EHSS may provide include:

• Responding to occupant reports of chemical odors to assess employee exposure and recommend remedial activities.
• Providing consultation for the selection and installation of new building materials and furnishings that will have a minimal impact on IAQ.
• Working with departments to minimize the impact on IAQ during renovations and demolitions of occupied buildings.
• Providing recommendations for air-cleaning equipment when deemed necessary.

For a detailed breakdown of the GSF on campus please see:

The website URL where information about the institution's indoor air quality initiatives is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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