Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 30.79
Liaison Peter Schulze
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Austin College
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.25 / 6.00 Kelby Archer
Coordinator
Center for Environmental Studies
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 50,499.71 MMBtu 46,807.88 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site renewables 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu
District steam/hot water (sourced from offsite) 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu
Energy from all other sources (e.g., natural gas, fuel oil, propane/LPG, district chilled water, coal/coke, biomass) 55,307 MMBtu 46,602 MMBtu
Total 105,806.71 MMBtu 93,409.88 MMBtu

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2015 June 30, 2016
Baseline Year July 1, 2007 June 30, 2008

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):

Austin College President Emeritus Oscar Page signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007. We completed our first greenhouse gase inventory for fiscal year 2008. Because that was our first inventory we consider it our baseline. However, we reduced electricity consumption 7% from 2004 to 2008 thanks to new leadership in the Physical Plant. A LEED Gold certified science building opened in 2013, increasing our energy consumption, but we have simultaneously shifted to more and more wind-generated electricity (RECs) as explained elsewhere in this report.


Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 1,011,199 Gross Square Feet 774,924 Gross Square Feet

Source-site ratio for grid-purchased electricity:
3.14

Total building energy consumption per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Site energy 0.10 MMBtu / GSF 0.12 MMBtu / GSF
Source energy 0.21 MMBtu / GSF 0.25 MMBtu / GSF

Percentage reduction in total building energy consumption (source energy) per unit of floor area from baseline:
15.33

Degree days, performance year (base 65 °F / 18 °C):
Degree days (see help icon above)
Heating degree days 2,344 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 2,677 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 29,925 Square Feet
Healthcare space 3,900 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
1,082,625 Gross Square Feet

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

Documentation (e.g. spreadsheet or utility records) to support the performance year energy consumption figures reported above:
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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):
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A brief description of energy use standards and controls employed by the institution (e.g. building temperature standards, occupancy and vacancy sensors):
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A brief description of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting and other energy-efficient lighting strategies employed by the institution:
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A brief description of passive solar heating, geothermal systems, and related strategies employed by the institution:
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A brief description of co-generation employed by the institution, e.g. combined heat and power (CHP):
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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):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

Some of the above reported building square footages do not match the numbers in the attached greenhouse gas inventory. Those numbers were in error and the figures reported above are correct.

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