By Justin Brandt
The Green Buildings Team is off to a strong start this quarter with a solid plan to pass 50 various LEED credits for buildings on The Hill. Our strategy includes passing some of these credits campus-wide to allow easier building certification in coming years. Such credits include Alternate Commuting Transportation, Protect and Restore Open Habitat, Solid Waste Management Policy, and Green Education for Innovative Design. By passing these credits for the whole campus, each building will already have a baseline number of points towards certification. For other credits, our approach will include certifying groups as building types (such as dormitories and food halls), and individual buildings. For each of these credits, our team has established a deadline for completion which will allow us to stay on schedule and prioritize focus on one area at a time.
Our Energy and Water sub-team meeting with Todd last week yielded a significant amount of new data for entry on energy-related metrics. Several of the dorms such as Gardenia, Holly, Dykstra, Hedrick, Hitch, and Saxon have either already been LEED certified or are pursuing an alternate certification route. Our team will thus focus on Bradley, Canyon Point, Courtside, Covel, and De Neve. Just last week we received access to the Energy Star Portfolio Tool which allows us to add manual entries of water and energy data for each of these buildings. Many of the credits for water and energy require a performance period which has yet to be started. In some cases, historical data can be accessed while in others we must start at ground zero. Furthermore, since no work has been done in this area before, limited information exists on the metering network (i.e. which meters serve each building or whether some buildings are linked). Data entry into the Portfolio Tool is thus our first priority to create baseline data tracking for these buildings. Most of the credits pursued last quarter will be finished to completion in the next two months; however, due to limited access or nonexistence of certain required data, we will merely be setting up the foundations of data collection so that next year’s team can view this and summarize it in the credit proposal.
At meeting last Wednesday, we updated each other on progress of data receipt and entry. Todd got back to us with some additional metrics and several people we can contact for more information. In order to streamline our process of receiving data, our team is working on formatting the information we each need for individual credits into a single email for Aliana, the Sustainability Manager for Housing & Hospitality Services at UCLA. We will hopefully be able to set up a meeting time with her for next week to ask further questions.