Summary of sustainable building operations and maintenance:
Like many college campuses, RMCAD’s 100+ year old campus has been designated with many historically registered buildings and sites, “greening” historic buildings can provide many challenges – but these challenges have been embraced by RMCAD 100%. From the buildings to the classrooms and from the grounds to the individual plants – RMCAD efforts are evident in improved indoor air quality and reduction of toxic chemical use on campus.
RMCAD monitors many of its habitable buildings with remote energy management tools, whereby the Facilities Manager can view the temperature in the buildings and alter the thermal comfort and energy efficiency of the HVAC system. RMCAD is replacing older HVAC systems with more energy efficient systems wherever possible. Additionally, incandescent light bulbs are replaced with CFL or LED technology wherever possible and new construction and some existing spaces utilize occupancy and light sensors and many have the capability to cut one ballast or alternate light fixture operation to save on lighting energy.
Indoor Environmental Quality:
RMCAD’s buildings are four stories or less, which allows for operable windows and most of RMCAD’s buildings can utilize natural ventilation. All classrooms and offices RMCAD utilizes American Pride paint that is not only no VOC, but no carcinogens and no/low VOC stains and finishes. RMCAD specifies GreenGuard or recycled content surface material and fabrics wherever possible. RMCAD is currently interviewing three companies to provide bio-based and low/no VOC cleaning supplies (Waxie, Northern Colorado Paper and Unisource. RMCAD has replaced many of the toxic chemicals used in the classrooms with less toxic alternatives. Those chemicals that cannot be replaced are used with new (2010 and 2011) policies and procedures that improve student, faculty, staff and environmental health.
Summary of Sustainable Design and Construction Guidelines and Policies
Integrated design is utilized for all new design and construction project.
All new fixtures and faucets will be EPAct gpm/gpf or better.
Indoor Environmental Quality:
Interior paints, stains and finishes will be no/low VOC. And no carcinogen content where ever possible.
Enhanced HVAC where needed.
Acoustic considerations are imperative for all spaces.
Daylighting strategies will be incorporated for optimal occupancy comfort and productivity.
Natural ventilation will be implemented where appropriate.
Energy efficient lamps and lighting fixtures are utilized.
Upgrades to energy efficient HVAC and other mechanical equipment for remodels and high performance HVAC and other mechanical equipment for all new construction.
Building envelope and insulation material will be as energy efficient as possible.
Renewable energy generation will be implemented where appropriate.
Plug loads will be considered for all remodels and new construction.
Usage of Environmentally Preferable Materials
Recycled, reused, reclaimed and recyclable materials will be used as replacements for remodels and for all new construction is required.
Impacts on Surrounding Site
Integrated Pest Management will be used to maintain campus landscaping.
Site design of building will be optimized for solar gain.
Permeable paving will be used as appropriate.
Exterior lighting contributes to International Dark-Sky Association.
All new sustainable design and construction will be used as an educational tool for students.