Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.39
Liaison Christine Pinkham
Submission Date March 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

British Columbia Institute of Technology
OP-5: Building Energy Efficiency

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.82 / 6.00
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Electricity use, performance year (report kilowatt-hours):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity 40,642,503.25 Kilowatt-hours 138,672.22 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, non-combustion facilities/devices (e.g., renewable energy systems) 183,190.60 Kilowatt-hours 625.05 MMBtu

Stationary fuels and thermal energy, performance year (report MMBtu):
MMBtu
Stationary fuels used on-site to generate electricity and/or thermal energy 122,011 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water 0 MMBtu

Total site energy consumption, performance year:
261,308.27 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
2,866,084.90 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 312,744.13 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 29,821.10 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
3,521,394.26 Gross Square Feet

Degree days, performance year:
Degree days
Heating degree days 5,153.54 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 269.60 Degree-Days (°F)

Total degree days, performance year:
5,423.14 Degree-Days (°F)

Start and end dates of the performance year (or 3-year period):
Start date End date
Performance period Jan. 1, 2019 Dec. 31, 2019

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

Electricity use, baseline year (report kWh):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity 41,248,336.63 Kilowatt-hours 140,739.32 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, non-combustion facilities/devices (e.g., renewable energy systems) 183,190.60 Kilowatt-hours 625.05 MMBtu

Stationary fuels and thermal energy, baseline year (report MMBtu):
MMBtu
Stationary fuels used on-site to generate electricity and/or thermal energy 130,527 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water 0 MMBtu

Total site energy consumption, baseline year:
271,891.37 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space, baseline year:
2,866,084.90 Gross Square Feet

Start and end dates of the baseline year (or 3-year period):
Start date End date
Baseline period Jan. 1, 2018 Dec. 31, 2018

A brief description of when and why the energy consumption baseline was adopted:

The baseline was adopted due to the most recent complete data.


Source-site ratio for imported electricity:
2

Total energy consumption per unit of floor area:
Site energy Source energy
Performance year 0.09 MMBtu / GSF 0.14 MMBtu / GSF
Baseline year 0.09 MMBtu / GSF 0.14 MMBtu / GSF

Percentage reduction in total source energy consumption per unit of floor area from baseline:
3.07

Documentation 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:

The Energy Team and Green Team conduct annual engagement events around energy efficiency including Sweater Days where we encourage all staff and students to dress warmer and turn down the heat. Recent campaigns include:

BC Cool Campus Challenge.
BCIT joined other post-secondary institutions in British Columbia (BC) for the BC Cool Campus Challenge aimed at promoting energy conservation across the province in 2019. This was the first cross-institution, energy saving collaboration of its kind in British Columbia. Students and employees were challenged to take energy conservation actions by signing the Cool Campus Pledge.
https://commons.bcit.ca/news/2019/01/bcit-cool-campus-challenge/
https://hub.aashe.org/browse/casestudy/21762/British-Columbia-BC-Cool-Campus-Challenge

Energy Wise Network - Holiday Treasure Hunt and Power Down
In 2020, due to COVID-19, the majority of programs and courses at BCIT were offered fully remotely, while those that required on-campus learning were offered in a blended delivery mode. The Green Team launched a campaign to educate employees only on energy conservation & sustainability actions. There were two parts to this campaign:
1. The Energy Treasure Hunt targeted approximately 200 BCIT employees working on campus. Posters of energy conservation opportunities to watch for and how to report them were put up in BCIT buildings.
2. The Winter Power Down targeted approximately 2500 employees working on campus and from home. Game cards had a variety of electricity/natural gas/water/waste/wellness actions to take.

Please see EN-5: Outreach Campaign for more information.


A brief description of energy use standards and controls employed by the institution:

BCIT has created a building standard where all new buildings are to use low-carbon electricity for heating as opposed to natural gas, with envelope performance at Step 4 of the provincial building code, the highest step for commercial buildings.


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

BCIT is approximately 90% through replacing all incandescent and fluorescent lighting with LED technology. The next phase of lighting upgrades will include networked lighting controls to allow for occupancy detection, high-end trimming, and daylight-sensitive dimming.


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

The Aerospace campus has a geoexchange field that is used to produce the bulk of heating and cooling, and the Burnaby campus Gateway building has a geoexchange field for heating and cooling baseload.


A brief description of co-generation employed by the institution:

Not applicable.


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace energy-consuming appliances, equipment, and systems with high efficiency alternatives:

The BCIT Energy Team is responsible for recommending low-carbon, energy-efficient replacements for large energy consuming equipment when it reaches end of life. The Energy Team is also working to actively replace high-energy-consuming equipment before end of life to reduce the carbon footprint of the institute in support of our 2023 goal of 33% greenhouse gas emission reduction. Examples include condensing boilers, tankless hot water systems, heat pumps, and variable speed motor drives.


Website URL where information about the institution’s energy conservation and efficiency program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The performance year in OP-5 (2019) differs from that in OP-6 (2018) so the figures for total energy consumption do not match.

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