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OM P1.0 Facility Staff & Occupant Training
OM C2.1 Post-Occupancy Transition
OM P3.0 Energy & GHG Benchmarking
OM C4.1 High Performance Operations & Systems Maintenance Plan
OM C5.1 Indoor Environmental Management
OM C6.1 Anti-Idling Measure
OM C7.1 Green Power


OM P1.0    FACILITY STAFF & OCCUPANT TRAINING

PREREQUISITE

APPLICABILITY: All Projects

OM P1.0        REQUIREMENTS

Facility Staff Training and Operations & Maintenance Manual

Facility staff must receive training and operation & maintenance (O&M) documentation on all building systems included in the commissioning scope of work under the EE P3.0 Commissioning Prerequisite as well as systems related to high performance – lighting and shading controls, maintenance of finishes, green cleaning, etc., depending on the scope of the project.

Teacher & Administrative Staff Training and User’s Guide

Teachers, administrators, and support staff must be provided with training on operations of lighting, heating, and cooling systems in classrooms, offices, gymnasiums, auditoriums etc. When the school opens, or the modernization is completed, provide training and a brief and easy to understand manual, kiosks, educational display, or demonstration area for school occupants on the high performance aspects of the school. A User’s Guide, explaining basic systems operations, shall be developed and available either electronically for download or in a central school location.


OM C2.1     POST-OCCUPANCY TRANSITION

CREDIT

APPLICABILITY: All Projects

OM C2.1        REQUIREMENTS

Do both of the following:

Post-Occupancy Survey (POS)

Conduct a brief Post Occupancy survey for the project after the prerequisite (Facility Staff and Occupant Training) process is complete but within 3 months of occupancy. Survey must be given to all staff and faculty. Prepare the results for distribution at the Post-Occupancy Transition meeting.

Post-Occupancy Transition Meeting & Action Items

Conduct an integrated design and operations meeting 3 months after occupancy. Ensure the required representatives attend. Distribute the results of the POS for discussion; determine action items for adjustments to building systems and/or further education for occupants. The school or district must commit to complete the action items as determined the Post-Occupancy Transition Meeting within 9 months of occupancy to fine tune and correct systems.


OM P3.0    ENERGY & GHG PERFORMANCE BENCHMARKING

PREREQUISITE

APPLICABILITY: All Projects

OM P3.0        REQUIREMENTS

The school must 1) adopt a policy of benchmarking to track its energy and water use and GHG emissions over time and 2) commit to conducting a post-occupancy analysis of the school’s energy performance and water use after 1-2 years or perform recommissioning after 2-5 years.


OM C4.1    HIGH PERFORMANCE OPERATIONS & SYSTEMS MAINTENANCE PLAN

APPLICABILITY: All Projects

OM C4.1        REQUIREMENTS

OM C4.1.1        Monitoring & Benchmarking

Commit to monitor at least three metrics beyond energy efficiency and GHG (OM P1.0) for a minimum of 3 years post-occupancy. See Implementation for guidance.

AND/OR

OM C4.1.2        Designated Resource Manager

The school administration must designate a permanent energy and water manager(s) to set performance targets, monitor usage, and coordinate and support school level advocates.

AND/OR

OM C4.1.3        Designated Advocate

Designate a school-based advocate to provide education and awareness on energy and water reduction programs and targets to promote behavioral change.

OM C4.1.4        Systems Maintenance Plan

The administration must create a school Systems Maintenance Plan that includes an inventory of all equipment in the new or renovated school with a schedule of all preventative and routine maintenance needed. The plan should clearly define who is responsible for performing the task, as well as the overall management of maintenance activities. The inventory and plan should cover the following systems:

1, ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Electrical Systems

  • Lighting fixtures and controls (daylight, occupancy, timing switches, etc.)
  • On-site renewable solar electric or wind systems
  • Telecommunication systems
  • Electrical distribution systems
  • Life and safety systems

2. HVAC Systems

  • HVAC systems (such as hot water systems, chilled water systems, central air systems, ventilation systems)
  • Domestic hot water systems
  • Energy Management system
  • Renewable energy heating systems (if applicable)

3. Plumbing Systems

  • Flow control devices
  • Pumping systems
  • Special hazardous waste treatment systems (e.g. for lab wastes)
  • Domestic hot water systems
  • Graywater systems (if applicable)

4. Building Envelope and Roofing Systems (particularly acid management)

5. Significant Plug Loads

6. Other High Performance systems as applicable.


OM C5.1    INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

CREDIT

APPLICABILITY: All Projects

OM C5.1        REQUIREMENTS

OM C5.1.1        Indoor Environmental Management Plan

Develop and adopt an indoor environmental management plan using the US EPA’s Tools for Schools Program (1) or equivalent indoor health & safety program at the school district level (4). Assign staff to the program and commit to take significant action within a two-year period, such as staff training, policy implementation, development of personnel infrastructure for problem solving and reporting issues, or IAQ assessment activities such as school walk-throughs, data collection, mapping, and/or action plans.

OM C5.1.2        Green Cleaning

Do either of the options:

For schools that do their own cleaning:

At the district or governing body level, establish a resolution or policy including the following green cleaning and maintenance requirements:

  • At least 75% of cleaning products used will be environmentally preferable and safer cleaning products that are certified by Green Seal or EcoLogo programs. If no third party certification is available for a specialty product, then EPA’s Safer Choice (formerly Design for the Environment) label may be used. (5,6,7)
  • Prohibition of aerosol and plug-in air fresheners.
  • Use of only CRI certified vacuums or other HEPA vacuums. (8)
  • Prohibition of teachers and staff bringing in their own products.

As applicable, create an audit of current product inventory (if any) and purchasing practices to identify where green items or approaches can be used as replacements. If a green product policy already exists, review it and update it for references to current or new product certifications.

For schools that use a cleaning service:

Ensure that the contract requires the use of green cleaning supplies meeting nationally recognized standards and requires training for custodial staff. Alternatively, the vendor can be certified by the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association (IJCSA) (11).

OM C5.1.3        Integrated Pest Management

Develop and support an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan (12) that emphasizes a least-toxic approach to IPM.

AND

Design the project’s exterior walls, foundation, attics, roofs, interior partitions and ceilings in food storage areas, food preparation and disposal areas, utility chases and penetrations, for integrated pest management by making it difficult for pests to enter the building including, as applicable (13):

  • Blocking openings in the enclosure larger than 1/4” by 3/8”.
  • Use mesh or screens on openings required for airflow.
  • Caulk all cracks larger than 1/16”.
  • Any landscape planting must be located at least two feet from buildings.
  • Facades should be designed to discourage birds from roosting.
  • Select dumpsters that seal tightly and are easy for people to open and close, and enclosure designed to discourage pest infestation in buildings.
  • Make all kitchen surfaces easy to degrease.

OM C6.1    ANTI-IDLING MEASURE

CREDIT

APPLICABILITY: All Projects

OM C6.1        REQUIREMENTS

  • Adopt a no idling policy that applies to all school buses operating in the school district and all vehicles operating in the school grounds. The policy must include the following provisions: School bus drivers will shut off bus engines upon reaching destination, and buses will not idle for more than five minutes while waiting for passengers. This rule applies to all bus use including daily route travel, field trips, and transportation to and from athletic events. School buses should not be restarted until they are ready to depart and there is a clear path to exit the pick-up area.
  • Post signage expressly prohibiting the idling of all vehicles for more than five minutes in the school zone.
  • Transportation operations staff will evaluate and shorten bus routes whenever possible, particularly for older buses with the least effective emissions control.
  • All school district bus drivers will complete a “no idling” training session at least once. All bus drivers will receive a copy of the school district’s No Idling Policy at the beginning of every school year.

OM C7.1    GREEN POWER

CREDIT

APPLICABILITY: All Projects

OM C7.1        REQUIREMENTS

Contract for (or commit to) off-site renewables, green power and/or RECs for 15 years, at an adjusted annual quantity equal to or greater than 75% of estimated building energy consumption. Purchased energy quantities shall be adjusted by weighting factors derived from the "Zero Code Off-site Procurement of Renewable Energy Technical Support Document" (April 2018), as follows:

Class 1 (Self Owned Off-Site, Community Solar, Virtual PPA, REIFs) = 0.75 

Class 2 (Direct Access, Green Retail Tariffs) = 0.55

Class 3 (Unbundled RECs) = 0.20

Calculation:

Purchased Renewables must meet all other requirements of Zero Code.

If green power is purchased at the district level, it must be allocated to the project to achieve the point. If the electricity utility provides green power at no additional cost, school can claim this credit.