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Sustainability Projects & Initiatives

Our mission at ATEI is to promote green initiatives through ideas and vision that has relevant purpose and value for current and future generations.

"Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations. Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment."
- United States Environmental Protection Agency Definition

Sustainability Projects

The collective ideas and shared knowledge among members of the Applied Technology & Efficiencies Initiative have created methodologies and tools to address difficult operational concerns spanning the areas of facilities management, environmental safety, health, and security within the Texas A&M Health Science Center. Application of these ATEI-inspired methods have resulted in national recognition for efficiency in all of the indicated topic areas.

ATEI accomplishments include:

  • Creation of one start-up company with several divisions
  • Intellectual property owned by The Texas A&M System
  • A risk assessment process that is arguably the best in the country submitted for patent review
  • Two national awards for models of efficiency with a third award pending
  • A case study for the use of BIM to be published in a book chapter
  • A national award for best use of computer maintenance management system among institutions of higher education

The influences of Texas A&M University are the underpinning of the success of ATEI. The leadership of ATEI has utilized the educational resources of Texas A&M University in the disciplines provided by the College of Liberal Arts, Dwight Look College of Engineering, the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, the College of Architecture, the College of Engineering & Technology (Texas A&M University - Commerce) and the Mays Business School.

Using ATEI methods and processes, the following projects were implemented:

  • iForms inspections process - Environmental Health & Safety
  • T2 Parking System - Parking
  • The Kuali Read - Emergency Management/Business Continuity
  • ChemTracker - Laboratory Chemical Safety
  • AiM System and hand-held devices - Facilities & Construction

Sustainability Initiatives

  • Building Life Cycle

    • Improved Building life cycle through improved maintenance
      • Development of COBIE Data on new facilities
        • Construction Operations Building information exchange.
        • Scalable information exchange format for the life-cycle capture and delivery of information needed by facility managers.
      • Integration of COBIE data into Asset Works AIM system.
    • Building QA/QC inspections to identify O&M and deferred maintenance : generates work orders automatically on a periodic basis.
    • Buildings designed and constructed similar to the LEEDAP model : use Building Information Modeling (BIM) for better operations and maintenance.
  • Construction Specifications

    • Requires recycling, salvage, and reuse by contractors
    • Materials affected:
      • Aluminum & plastic beverage containers
      • Corrugated cardboard
      • Wood pallets
      • Metals
      • Plastic buckets
      • Paint
      • Windows, doors, and door hardware
      • Mechanical and electrical equipment
    • Use of digital BIM (Building Information Modelling) for better operations and maintenance capabilities
  • Efficient Design

    • Mechanical , electrical and plumbing systems
    • Renewable energy sources
      • LED lights
      • High-efficiency motors
      • Use of wind and solar energy
      • Lower water consumption fixtures
      • Recovery of A/C condensate for landscape irrigation
  • Energy Consumption

    • Implementation of energy strategies to reduce consumption and carbon footprint
      • New temperature setpoint standards
      • Restrict use of personal space heaters
      • Night Setback/shut downs
      • Outdoor air resets
      • Building thermal envelope design
      • Insulation
      • Glazing
      • Reduced infiltration
    • Reduction of energy consumption and the HSC carbon Footprint through the Energy Management Group
    • Higher standards for energy reduction in new facility design including:
      • Building Thermal envelope design, insulation, glazing, reduced infiltration design
      • Mechanical system design - higher equipment and system efficiencies - rebate letters, Gross Lab Calculation
    • Higher standards for energy reduction in new facility design including:
      • Mechanical system design – higher equipment and system efficiencies –Gross Lab Calculation
      • Electrical system design including lighting design
        • Power Factor Correction
        • High efficiency motors
        • Variable Speed Drives
        • LED Lights
    • Evaluation of renewable energy sources, solar, wind etc. and defining where these technologies can be applied economically
  • Recycling

    • Reduction of waste to landfills through the waste recycling program.
      • Use of recycle bins in campus buildings
      • Use of recycle dumpster for all non-organic waste, wood, paper, cardboard etc
    • According to specifications for construction requiring waste recycling from "Required Recycling, Salvage, and Reuse", the following may not be disposed of in landfills or by incineration:
      • Aluminum and plastic beverage containers
      • Corrugated cardboard
      • Wood pallets. Clean dimensional wood: May be used as blocking or furring
      • Land clearing debris, including brush, branches, logs, and stumps
      • Metals
      • Plastic buckets
      • Paint
      • Windows, doors, and door hardware
      • Mechanical and electrical equipment
  • Renewable Materials

    • Implementing the use of Sustainable / Renewable materials in construction
      • Use of organic nonvolatile chemicals for landscape and pest control
      • All fertilizers and pre-emergent applications are to be of organic material. If organic option is not available or is less effective and not sustainable, approval must be obtained by TAMHSC, HSC Landscape maintenance specification 11/17/11
    • Use of low or no VOC emitting materials in new or remodel construction.
  • Transportation

    Replacement of gas-powered vehicles with electric vehicles
  • Water Usage

    • Reduction of water usage and reduced sanitary waste
      • Plumbing system design : low-water consumption fixtures, faucets, toilets, and urinals
      • Recovery of air conditioner condensate for landscape irrigation
    • Retrofitted fountains on the Bryan campus with water bottle refilling stations.
Last edited by: ebutton 08/17/2017