Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.35
Liaison Laurie Husted
Submission Date June 9, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Bard College
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.09 / 6.00 Dan Smith
Energy Efficiency Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 64,926.90 MMBtu 66,730 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site renewables 1,023.60 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) 50,129 MMBtu 55,136 MMBtu
Total 116,079.50 MMBtu 121,866 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, 2010 June 30, 2011

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 2010-2011 Fiscal Year (July 1 - June 30) is the earliest year with the most complete and accurate data.

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 1,204,980 Gross Square Feet 1,155,993 Gross Square Feet

Source-site ratio for grid-purchased electricity:

Total building energy consumption per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Site energy 0.10 MMBtu / GSF 0.11 MMBtu / GSF
Source energy 0.21 MMBtu / GSF 0.23 MMBtu / GSF

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 4,986 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 1,198 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 84,482 Square Feet
Healthcare space 2,500 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
1,378,944 Gross Square Feet

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

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):

The Bard Office of Sustainability performs various outreaches to the Bard Community, in the form of signage and information on everyday energy-saving practices, incandescent light bulb exchange program, and notifications of "demand response" events.

A brief description of energy use standards and controls employed by the institution (e.g. building temperature standards, occupancy and vacancy sensors):

As buildings are updated, standards are to perform LED lighting upgrades, HVAC controls upgrades, and to add occupancy sensors where appropriate. Occupancy and nighttime temperature setbacks are implemented in buildings when technically possible/feasible.

A brief description of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting and other energy-efficient lighting strategies employed by the institution:

Bard uses LED lighting in a variety of applications, including interior lighting and street/path lighting.

- In a 2013 interior lighting upgrade that spanned 50+ buildings, more than 1200 fixtures were retrofitted to LED.
- Nearly all exit lights/signs have been converted to LED.
- As of 2015 all exterior street and path lighting was upgraded to LED

A brief description of passive solar heating, geothermal systems, and related strategies employed by the institution:

Currently, roughly 38% of the Main Campus' building squarefootage utilizes geothermal heat-exchange technology, and it the default HVAC system for all new construction (unless shown to be economically or technically infeasible).

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):

As equipment, appliances, and lighting systems are replaced, the standard is to replace it with Energy Star or comparable high-efficiency models.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The data inconsistency between IC2 Gross Floor Building Space and subsequent credits (OP1, OP3, OP5, and OP22) is due to the fact the IC2 values represent Bard as it exists in FY2016/17 at the time of STARS submission, and the Performance Year values are for FY2015/16 (i.e. the most recent and complete set of data, 1 full year, for GHG emissions and energy consumption). In particular, this is due to the purchase/addition of the Montgomery Place property to the Bard Campus in January 2016, when additional acreage and buildings were added.

IC2 “gross floor building space” value for FY2016/17 = 1,248,230 ft2
(i.e. after purchase of Montgomery Place property).
Performance Year “gross floor building space” value for FY2015/16 = 1,204,980 ft2
(i.e. before purchase of Montgomery Place property).

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