Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.78
Liaison Julia Carlow
Submission Date May 6, 2021
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American University of Sharjah
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.47 / 6.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 101,572.27 MMBtu 124,177.25 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site renewables MMBtu MMBtu
District steam/hot water (sourced from offsite) MMBtu MMBtu
Energy from all other sources (e.g., natural gas, fuel oil, propane/LPG, district chilled water, coal/coke, biomass) 536.60 MMBtu 687.36 MMBtu
Total 102,108.87 MMBtu 124,864.61 MMBtu

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Oct. 1, 2018 Sept. 30, 2019
Baseline Year Oct. 1, 2009 Sept. 30, 2010

A brief description of when and why the building energy consumption baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):
The university has been tracking the energy usage by building and looking at trends since 2010 when the university was required to start paying for their energy usage. The previous year was established as the base line. At the time the university was asked to hit a 25% energy reduction.

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 178,245 Gross square meters 119,772 Gross square meters

Source-site ratio for grid-purchased electricity:

Total building energy consumption per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Site energy 0 MMBtu per square meter 0 MMBtu per square meter
Source energy 0 MMBtu per square meter 0 MMBtu per square meter

Percentage reduction in total building energy consumption (source energy) per unit of floor area from baseline:

Degree days, performance year (base 65 °F / 18 °C):
Degree days (see help icon above)
Heating degree days 0 Degree-Days (°C)
Cooling degree days 2,139 Degree-Days (°C)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 20,380 Square meters
Healthcare space 710 Square meters
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
223,735 Gross square meters

Building energy consumption (site energy) per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area per degree day, performance year:
0 Btu / GSM / Degree-Day (°C)

Documentation (e.g. spreadsheet or utility records) to support the performance year energy consumption figures reported above:

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices in regard to energy efficiency (e.g. outreach and education efforts):

A brief description of energy use standards and controls employed by the institution (e.g. building temperature standards, occupancy and vacancy sensors):
Occupancy sensors for lighting control are utilized in hallways and classrooms for the majority of campus buildings. Thermostats throughout campus buildings range from 22-24 degree Celsius, and we encourage our students living on campus to follow these standards.

A brief description of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting and other energy-efficient lighting strategies employed by the institution:
The University has deployed LED lighting retrofits throughout the majority of campus buildings and outside lightings. The University's first priority was the academic buildings as the lights were on around-the-clock. The university has completed the vast majority of the LED retrofit, there are only a couple of projects that are still pending.

A brief description of passive solar heating, geothermal systems, and related strategies employed by the institution:
The University utilized solar water heaters in all new buildings within the last five year and residential halls. Street warning signs for speed bumps and other similar alerts are all solar based.

A brief description of co-generation employed by the institution, e.g. combined heat and power (CHP):

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace energy-consuming appliances, equipment and systems with high efficiency alternatives (e.g. building re-commissioning or retrofit programs):
The new Engineering Building was build to the local GBC, Estidama, which utilized energy efficient appliances, lab equipment, exhaust systems. Additionally, the current Chemistry building refurbishing is also incorporating high efficiency appliances and lab equipment.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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