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Sustainable Infrastructure Hub: Buildings

Sustainable Infrastructure Hub: Buildings

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Recognizing that the state and quality of campus buildings can have a significant effect on energy use, waste production, human heath, productivity and tuition prices, Ohio University is committed to maintaining and operating buildings in a way that promotes health, energy efficiency and reduction of waste. The Office of Sustainability participates in and supports initiatives that promote best practices in building construction and maintenance. The Athens Campus has more than 1 million square feed of LEED -certified buildings, including Walter International Education Center, Nelson Court Dining Hall, Schoonover Center for Communication Phase I, Bush Hall, Grover Center Expansion, Tupper Hall, Jefferson Hall,Sook Academic Center and the Chemistry Building.

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The Sustainability Project Laboratory is a database of sustainability-related project proposals. This resource hosts projects and project ideas that can be adopted by faculty, staff, and students for course projects, capstone or senior projects, theses, and more!

To find buildings related projects just type "buildings" into the search bar at the top of the database, or click the Sustainability Project Laboratory icon. 

 

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is currently revising its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), which Ohio University uses to measure its sustainability efforts. You may view a draft of the proposed updates here.

2017 Buildings Infographic: all text and graphics are outlined in the page content.
The 2017 Buildings infographic outlining progress towards the 2011 sustainability benchmarks and new goals set for fiscal year 2026. Find the information in the tabs "Where we are now (2017): Progress toward 2011 Sustainability Plan," "Moving Forward: 2017 Sustainability & Climate Action Plan Goal #1," and "Moving Forward: 2017 Sustainability & Climate Action Plan Goal #2."

The 2017 Buildings infographic outlining progress towards the 2011 sustainability benchmarks and new goals set for fiscal year 2026. 

Current Data

LEED Certified SQ Footage Total
The total square footage of LEED-Certified building space has increased rapidly since 2013. In 2021, Ohio University surpassed 1 million square feet of space.

 

 

 

Buildings Preventative Maintenance Mix
Ohio University has been doing more preventative maintenance (PM) than correct maintenance (CM) since FY18. The goal is to increase preventative maintenance because this means that fewer problems arise over time.

Where we are now (2017): Progress toward 2011 Sustainability Plan

  • Benchmark 4: LEED certify new buildings and major renovations on all campuses. Until 2019, target met: 13 new construction or renovation projects exceeding costs of $2 million were built to LEED Silver standards for 13 building projects. ​

  • Benchmark 12: Evaluate LEED EBOM of existing facilities. Target met: Tupper evaluated for LEED EBOM in 2018 and ARC in 2019; Cutler partially evaluated in 2012.

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STARS Buildings Comparison

AASHE STARS compares programs across the nation in many different categories. Ohio University reports above the national average in buildings.

 

 

Ohio University Emissions Breakdown

At Ohio University, buildings produce 65% of our Athens campus emissions. The 76,187 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emitted by our buildings each year is equal to 189,046,628 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle (US EPA)​. Buildings are the largest producer of carbon emissions, as they blanket many of the sub-categories, such as water and energy. Transportation is also a large contributor, which accounts for just over a quarter of the emissions, which is followed by waste.

Moving Forward: 2017 Sustainability & Climate Action Plan Goal #1

Goal 1: Reduce building impacts by using best practices in construction or divestment (including private partnership, demolition, or sell), by increasing the percentage of FY12 GSF to be low impact from 10.4% to 40%.

Potential Strategies​

  • Reduce overall gross square footage (GSF) per student​

  • Create and implement Ohio University Low Impact Building Standards for construction, renovation and demolition projects​

    • “Low impact” will be defined in more detail in the proposed OHIO Low Impact Building Standards, and depends on building type and usage.​

  • Support curriculum related to low impact buildings

Benefits of Goal #1 

  • Reduced operating expense
  • Reduced emissions
  • Improved occupant comfort and productivity
  • Educational and reputational benefits

Costs of Goal #1

  • Capital expenses
  • Maintenance costs

Moving Forward: 2017 Sustainability & Climate Action Plan Goal #2

Goal 2: Maintain & operate existing buildings to reduce impacts

  • Reduce percentage of hours spent doing corrective maintenance from 83% to 20%
  • Increase percentage of hours spent doing preventative maintenance from 17% to 80%
  • Increase square footage of setbacks or reduced HVAC schedules from 0 square feet to 1 million square feet

Potential Strategies​

  • Expand and institutionalize an OHIO Sustainable Building Operations & Maintenance Program​

  • Reduce building resources usage through strategic planning & setback3 utilization ​

  • Increase OHIO communication & education on reducing building impacts; consider building competitions​

Benefits of Goal #2

  • Reduced emissions
  • Reduced operation costs
  • Improved occupant comfort and productivity
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Educational and reputational benefits

Costs of Goal #2

  • Increased staff training time

Initiatives

2021 Initiatives

Sustainable Infrastructure Hub Supported Initiatives Goals SCAP Alignment
Sustainability Project Laboratory:  
Website of sustainability projects developed for curricular purposes 
 
Increase access to experiential learning and sustainability projects.   Increase faculty, student, and community engagement across all hub themes. 
Triple Bottom Line Cost Benefit Analysis (TBL CBA) Tool:  
Framework for assessing sustainability impacts. 
Create a tool to evaluate the impacts of projects across all hub themes on campus.  Communication and decision-making tool for use in all hub themes. 
Green roof:  
Installation on Schoonover Center. 
 
Involve students in experiential learning. Improve energy efficiency and storm water retention.  Reduce impacts from storm water; Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts 

 

Sustainable Infrastructure Hub Related Initiatives SCAP Alignment
Design & Construction Infrastructure Design: (D&C) 
Best practices for D&C project managers 
 
Reduce building impacts by using best practices in construction, renovation and demolition  
Regional campus infrastructure: (FMS for RHE) 
Sustainable initiatives at regional campuses 
 
Reduce building impacts by using best practices in construction, renovation and demolition  
Steam system annual shut down: (Maintenance & Operations) 
Corrective & preventative maintenance best practices 
 
Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts; Decrease reliance on fossil fuel energy  
Metering & controls projects: (Maintenance & Operations) 
Targeting high priority meters and controls 
 
Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts; Decrease reliance on fossil fuel energy  
Energy dashboard: (Energy Management) 
Development of dashboard for energy management 
 
Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts; Decrease reliance on fossil fuel energy  
Design & Construction, Surplus, Habitat and ReUse:  
Partnership with local non-profits to reuse building materials. 
 
Increase diversion from landfill to reuse, recycling and composting 
LEED certification of new construction & renovation: 
Green building standards. 
 
Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts; Decrease reliance on fossil fuel energy  

2020 Initiatives

Infrastructure Hub Supported Initiatives Goals SCAP Alignment
Sustainable Project Laboratory:  
Website of sustainability projects developed for curricular purposes 
Increase access to experiential learning and sustainability projects  Increase faculty, student, and community engagement across all hub themes 
Triple Bottom Line Cost Benefit Analysis (TBL CBA) Tool:  
Framework for assessing sustainability impacts 
Create a tool to evaluate the impacts of projects across all hub themes on campus  Communication and decision-making tool for use in all hub themes. 
Operations & Maintenance: 
Two EcoChallenge projects supported grounds and O&M topics 
Use experiential learning to improve Operations and Maintenance  Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts  
LEED Lab:  
USGBC experiential learning curriculum 
Provide students opportunity to learn about LEED certification for buildings  Operate and maintain existing buildings to reduce impacts  
Green roof:  
Installation on Schoonover Center 
Involve students in experiential learning.; Improve energy efficiency and storm water retention  Reduce impacts from storm water; Operate and maintain existing buildings to reduce impacts 

 

Sustainable Infrastructure Hub Related Initiatives SCAP Alignment
Steam system annual shut down (Operations & Maintenance): 
Corrective & preventative maintenance best practices 
Operate and maintain existing buildings to reduce impacts; Decrease reliance on fossil fuel energy  
Metering & controls projects (Operations & Maintenance): 
Targeting high priority meters and controls 
Operate and maintain existing buildings to reduce impacts; Decrease reliance on fossil fuel energy  
Energy dashboard (Energy Management): 
Development of dashboard for energy management 
Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts; Decrease reliance on fossil fuel energy 

2019 Initiatives

Infrastructure Hub Supported Initiatives Goals SCAP Alignment
Sustainable Project Laboratory:  
Website of sustainability projects developed for curricular purposes 
Increase access to experiential learning and sustainability projects.   Increase faculty, student, and community engagement across all hub themes. 
Triple Bottom Line Cost Benefit Analysis (TBL CBA) Tool:  
Framework for assessing sustainability impacts. 
Create a tool to evaluate the impacts of projects across all hub themes on campus.  Communication and decision-making tool for use in all hub themes.  
Maintenance & Operations: 
Many EcoChallenge projects supported grounds and Operations and Maintenance topics. 
Use experiential learning to improve Operations and Maintenance Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts  
LEED Lab:  
USGBC experiential learning curriculum. 
Provide students opportunity to learn about LEED certification for buildings.   Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts  
LEED certification of new construction & renovation: 
Green building standards. 
LEED silver certify new buildings or renovations over 2 million dollars.   Reduce building impacts by using best practices in construction, renovation and demolition  
Green roof:  
Installation on Schoonover Center. 
Involve students in experiential learning. Improve energy efficiency and storm water retention.  Reduce impacts from storm water; Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts 

 

Sustainable Infrastructure Hub Related Initiatives SCAP Alignment
Design & Construction Infrastructure Design: (D&C) 
Best practices for D&C project managers 
Reduce building impacts by using best practices in construction, renovation and demolition  
Regional campus infrastructure: (FMS for RHE) 
Sustainable initiatives at regional campuses 
Reduce building impacts by using best practices in construction, renovation and demolition  
Steam system annual shut down: (Maintenance & Operations) 
Corrective & preventative maintenance best practices 
Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts; Decrease reliance on fossil fuel energy  
Metering & controls projects: (Maintenance & Operations) 
Targeting high priority meters and controls 
Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts; Decrease reliance on fossil fuel energy  
Energy dashboard: (Energy Management) 
Development of dashboard for energy management 
Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts; Decrease reliance on fossil fuel energy  

LEED-Certified Buildings at Ohio University

The University's Design & Construction Standards mandate that all new construction or renovations exceeding costs of $2 million must be built to LEED Silver standards.

Currently, there are over 948,131 square feet of LEED-certified buildings on OHIO campuses.

- The Athens campus has 702,046 combined square feet of Silver-certified buildings, including Walter International Education Center, Nelson Court Dining Hall, Schoonover Center for Communication Phase I, Bush Hall, Grover Center Expansion, Tupper Hall, Jefferson Hall and Sook Academic Center. 

- Schoonover Center for Communication Phase II, Boyd Dining and Campus Market, Patton Hall and Ellis Hall on the Athens campus contribute 232,085 square feet of Gold-certified square footage.

- The Chillicothe campus is also on the map with the Tech Studies Addition, contributing 14,000 square feet in the Certified category. 

Additional information about our LEED-certified buildings is provided below.


15 Park Place

15 Park Place, or the Walter International Education Center, is the home of the Office of Global Opportunities and International Student and Faculty Services. It was the first LEED certified building (12130 sq ft, LEED Silver) at Ohio University.


Scripps

The Scripps College of Communications completed two building projects, Scripps Phase I and Scripps Phase II.

Scripps Phase I was a substantial renovation of Schoonover Center. Scripps Phase I is a 110290 sq ft LEED Silver certified project.

Scripps Phase II was a smaller renovation of Schoonover Center (34950 sq ft), and it was awarded LEED Gold certification.


Patton Hall

Patton Hall is the first full building on campus to earn Gold status.  "Patton Hall’s $32.8 million renovation, completed in January 2017, offers students a true 21st-century learning experience. The College’s green-friendly renovation can be felt throughout the building and is summarized on its LEED Wall, which is housed on the third floor. The wall contains various icons and blurbs, as well as an interactive monitor that allows visitors to learn more about the building’s environmentally friendly features, including OHIO’s first green roof, which uses rainfall to conserve water and sustain plant life." (from OHIO News)

Patton Hall

Tupper Hall

Tupper Hall is a 38,599 square foot LEED Silver certified renovation, completed in 2015 by local architectural firm BDT.  The renovation included a new roof, thermally-efficient aluminum-clad wood windows, and preserved the daylighting features of the original building.


Housing Phase I

Housing Phase I, which includes Tanaka, Luchs, Carr and Sowle residence halls, is a certified LEED Silver project.


Chubb Hall Student LEED Evaluation

FY13 Student Report on Chubb Hall By Rich Wilson


LEED Lab at Ohio University

In 2019, Ohio University became the 31st institution world-wide to offer a US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Lab course.  The Civil Engineering LEED Lab course, CE4540/5540:  Sustainable Construction, teaches students to evaluate the operations and maintenance of an existing building on campus using the LEED rating system.  A pilot LEED Lab course was taught in the spring of 2018, and a registered LEED Lab course was taught in spring of 2019 and 2020.

A paper will be presented at the June 2020 American Society for Engineering Education annual conference about Ohio University's 2019 LEED Lab course.


Green Cleaning Policy

OHIO's Green Cleaning Policy.  Ohio University cleans its buildings according to a Green Cleaning Policy, with the exception of food preparation facilities, which are governed by USDA cleaning requirements, and athletic facilities, which are governed by NCAA cleaning requirements.

Ohio University Experts

Name:  Contact:  Description:
Jesús Pagán paganj@ohio.edu
 
Sustainable Infrastructure Hub Coordinator
Krista Nutter nutterk@ohio.edu Sustainable building design
Mohammed Khurrum Bhutta  bhutta@ohio.edu Sustainable manufacturing
Nichole Campbell  ncampbell@ohio.edu Sustainable design
Jason Farmer farmer@ohio.edu Sustainability in athletics
Elaine Goetz goetze@ohio.edu Director of Energy Management & Sustainability; Director of Sustainability

Other Stakeholders & Experts

Name: Contact: Description:
U.S. Green Building Council https://www.usgbc.org/contactus A group of professionals who work to promote green buildings in the state of Ohio
Hocking-Athens-Perry County Community Action https://hapcap.org/contact/ A Community Action Agency with programs in Fair Housing, Home Repair, Development, Weatherization, and others