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Liaison Phil Valko
Submission Date March 6, 2020
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Washington University in St. Louis
OP-3: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Railesha Tiwari
Sustainable Design and Construction Project Manager
Faciliites
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Total floor area of building space:
11,044,168 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a green building rating system for the operations and maintenance of existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council:
Certified Floor Area
LEED O+M Platinum or the highest achievable level under another GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
LEED O+M Gold or the 2nd highest level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
Certified at mid-level under a 3- or 5-tier GBC rating system (e.g. BREEAM-In Use, CASBEE for Existing Buildings, DGNB, Green Star Performance) 0 Square Feet
LEED O+M Silver or at a step above minimum level under another 4 -or 5–tier GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
LEED O+M Certified or certified at minimum level under another GBC rating system 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified under a non-GBC rating system for the operations and maintenance of existing buildings, e.g. BOMA BESt, Green Globes CIEB:
0 Square Feet

Percentage of building space certified under a green building rating system for the operations and maintenance of existing buildings:
0

A brief description of the green building rating system(s) used and/or a list or sample of certified buildings and ratings:
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Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with a published indoor air quality (IAQ) management policy or protocol? (0-100):
0

A copy of the IAQ management policy or protocol:
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The website URL where the IAQ policy/protocol may be found:
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Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with a published green cleaning policy, program or contract ? (0-100):
100

A copy or the green cleaning policy:
A brief description of how green cleaning is incorporated into cleaning contracts:

In-house and out-sourced janitorial staff purchase and use Green Seal certified products throughout the university's campuses, as per the Green Cleaning Policy and Plan. In a small number of instances, the janitorial team will use cleaning products that are not Green Seal certified to achieve the desired cleaning result. An approved product list is available; all other products must be submitted for approval prior to use.

The Green Cleaning Policy and Plan also addresses purchasing sustainable cleaning equipment, guidelines for handling cleaning chemicals, standard operating procedures for effective cleaning, staff and employee training, and collecting occupant feedback


Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with an energy management or benchmarking program? (0-100):
100

A brief description of the energy management or benchmarking program:

Washington University installed an extensive energy sub-metering system between 2010 and 2015, adding approximately 800 meters. The metering system has allowed the University to benchmark campus buildings against one another and against nationally published benchmarking data. The benchmarking process has allowed us to identify high EUI buildings that have been prioritized for a major retrocommissioning program. In addition, the university's maintenance and operations staff receive regular training and support to engage in ongoing commissioning of buildings.

Washington University also participates in national building energy benchmarking through Energy STAR Portfolio Manager. Washington University has uploaded monthly energy use data for over 150 buildings beginning in July 2015 to present. Data is uploaded annually. The University's energy benchmarking is part of St. Louis City's engagement with the City Energy Project, which requires all buildings over 50,000 SF to report energy use beginning in CY2017. Due to our commitment to benchmarking, we reported energy use for all buildings on our Danforth Campus, regardless of size, beginning 18 months prior to the mandatory start date of January 2017.


Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with a water management or benchmarking program? (0-100):
100

A brief description of the water management or benchmarking program:

Washington University participates in national building water use benchmarking through Energy STAR Portfolio Manager. Washington University has uploaded water use data for our two main campuses for calendar year 2017. Data will be uploaded annually moving forward.

While we do not have the same spacial or temporal data granularity for water that we have for energy, water benchmarking has been very valuable for monitoring the impacts of water conservation efforts. Recent efforts include ultra low flow fixture replacements (including a full replacement of shower heads in all residential halls in 2017), irrigation efficiency through weather- and moisture-controls and more efficient sprinkler heads, and the installation of multiple heat-recovery chillers, which use less evaporative cooling.

In addition, the University requires that all new buildings and major renovations include building-level water meters to improve data granularity.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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