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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.62
Liaison Michael Kensler
Submission Date Jan. 11, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Auburn University
OP-5: Indoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kirk Kreamer
Safety and Health Manager
Risk Management and Safety
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Floor area of building space covered by an indoor air quality (IAQ) management program that meets the criteria for this credit:
9,315,904 Square Feet

Gross floor area of building space:
9,315,904 Square Feet

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):

Auburn University manages indoor air quality (IAQ) through collaboration between the Facilities Division and Risk Management and Safety (RMS). This system is proactive in providing maintenance of building systems that affect IAQ, while remaining responsive to feedback and concerns from building occupants. Facilities Division is responsible for building factors that influence IAQ, such as:
• Preventive maintenance and repair of HVAC systems
• Energy management
• Moisture control
• Water damage and mold remediation

Facilities Division has implemented a Preventive Maintenance Program for the air handling units, distributed chillers, coils, heat exchangers, pumps, boilers, and other equipment to improve equipment performance, efficiency, and reliability. Additionally, the Facilities Division monitors carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in large-occupied spaces within buildings as a means to promote energy reduction, while maintaining acceptable indoor ventilation rates.

Building occupant feedback concerning IAQ can be reported to Facilities Division by phone, or by completing an online work order request. RMS responds to IAQ requests or concerns, and provides:
• IAQ evaluations and surveys
• Air monitoring to assess ventilation, temperature, relative humidity, and air
contaminants
• Coordination with IAQ contractor, if extensive air monitoring is needed
• Recommendations for IAQ improvements and remediation of problems
• Coordination with water damage/disaster restoration contractor for emergency cleanup of major water damage

RMS and Facilities Division must often coordinate efforts when IAQ problems are identified. Facilities Division has an asbestos control team that is qualified and trained to conduct mold remediation when mold is found on building materials or within HVAC systems. The team can respond rapidly to problems that are identified by RMS.


The website URL where information about the institution’s indoor air quality program(s) is available:

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