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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-16: Life Cycle Cost Analysis

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jacob Adams
Office Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the the institution employ Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) as a matter of policy and practice when evaluating energy and water-using products and systems?:
Yes

Does the institution employ LCCA as a matter of policy and practice across the operations of the entire institution (i.e. all divisions)?:
Yes

A brief description of the LCCA policy(ies) and practice(s):

Life cycle cost analysis shall be used as a design tool to ensure that the design provides the best value to the university. Life cycle cost analysis evaluates investment cost (first cost), utility costs (energy, water use, wastewater disposal), operation and maintenance costs, and periodic replacement costs. Life cycle cost analysis is recommended to guide the following decisions:
High performance building envelope: Test options that create a high performance envelope including high performance glazing, insulation (beyond code required levels), overhangs for sun control, light shelves, etc. Evaluate savings in energy consumption and potential reductions in the cost of mechanical systems that may result. Also consider maintenance and periodic replacement costs of these options.
Energy efficient lighting: Test options that utilize daylighting, energy efficient electric lighting, task-ambient lighting and lighting controls such as daylight dimming and occupancy sensors. Evaluate savings in energy consumption and potential reductions in the cost of mechanical systems that may result. Also consider maintenance and periodic replacement costs of these options.
Mechanical system selection: Test a minimum of three different system options to determine the relationship between first cost and life cycle value. Consider operating costs, maintenance and periodic replacement costs of these options. Depending on the scope of the project, life cycle cost analysis is recommended to guide development of feasibility study(s), to explore potential use of these design strategies and to select the preferred system options prior to engaging in a full life cycle cost analysis.


The website URL where information about the institution’s LCCA policies and practices is available:

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