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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 51.12
Liaison Matthew Williams
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.0

University of Florida
OP-5: Indoor Air Quality

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Matthew Williams
Director
Office of Sustainability
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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:
18,023,575 Square Feet

Gross floor area of building space:
18,023,575 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):

University of Florida
Indoor Air Quality Management Program Summary

A broad Indoor Air Quality Management Policy that covers IAQ issues throughout the University of Florida is active and was developed based on the EPA’s Building Air Quality guide and on EPA’s Tools for Schools IAQ management program guidelines.

Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) at UF is coordinated by the Environmental Health and Safety Department (EH&S). An EH&S certified industrial hygienist serves as the UF IEQ Coordinator, and acts as a central point of contact for IAQ issues.

With over 900 buildings on the University’s Gainesville campus, regular active monitoring by EH&S is not currently feasible. However, educational programs and shared responsibility expectations for physical plant staff, building occupants, construction project managers, and contractors are covered in the IEQ Policy and procedures. IAQ concerns are investigated on a case by case basis. Each IAQ concern is entered into a log that notes the dates that the concern is received and evaluated, the location and the specific actions taken.

Specifications and guidance on a detailed range of IAQ issues are provided on the EH&S website (http://www.ehs.ufl.edu/IH/IEQ.htm).

An IAQ protocol with guidelines related to maximum limits for various comfort parameters in University buildings has been in place for several years. Since there are currently no regulations in effect covering indoor air quality in a non-industrial environment, we follow the recommendations of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).


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

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.