Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.37
Liaison Molly Blumhoefer
Submission Date July 27, 2016
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Central New Mexico Community College
OP-8: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.37 / 6.00 Molly Blumhoefer
Campus as a Living Lab and Sustainability Project Manager
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Total building energy consumption, all sources (transportation fuels excluded):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total building energy consumption 239,607.35 MMBtu 141,279 MMBtu

Purchased electricity and steam:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 141,428.00 MMBtu 78,250 MMBtu
District steam/hot water 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,848,187 Gross Square Feet 1,253,929 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year::
Floor Area
Laboratory space 294,592 Square Feet
Healthcare space 789 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

Degree days, performance year (base 65 °F)::
Degree days (see help icon above)
Heating degree days 4,169
Cooling degree days 1,559

Source-site ratios::
Source-Site Ratio (see help icon above)
Grid-purchased electricity 3.14
District steam/hot water 1

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods)::
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2014 Dec. 31, 2015
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2008 Dec. 31, 2008

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

The baseline was selected because that was the first year CNM collected data to begin their sustainability benchmarks.

A brief description of any building temperature standards employed by the institution:

CNM tries to maintain temperatures within the building at 68 degrees and have all building set at that point (Luis Campos, 2014).
Update (Molly Blumhoefer, 2016). It has been difficult for CNM to maintain these set-points given heavy staff and faculty call-load on maintenance to change set-points to their comfort level. CNM project mgr., Molly Blumhoefer, is currently working with energy contractors to develop an energy policy.

A brief description of any light emitting diode (LED) lighting employed by the institution:

In all newly renovated buildings, LED lights are placed in all hallways and other generally lit areas.

A brief description of any occupancy and/or vacancy sensors employed by the institution:

All new facilities constructed do have occupancy sensors so approximately 800,000 square feet of the campus have sensors.

A brief description of any passive solar heating employed by the institution:

Three Buildings; WSI, Rio Rancho and Ken Chappy have solar panels that supplement electricity.

A brief description of any ground-source heat pumps employed by the institution:

Two facilities at the CNM campus utilize ground source heat pumps. They are the Rio Rancho Phase I building and Westside I and Smith Brasher (once completely renovated--update, 2016)

A brief description of any cogeneration technologies employed by the institution:

A brief description of any building recommissioning or retrofit program employed by the institution:

CNM has on call commissioning services to assist in retrocommissioning. CNM is pending the completion of the buidling managment system before retrocommisioning and has identified three buildings that will be retrocommisioned.

Update, 2016: CNM has hired contractors, AMERESCO, to implement behavioral modification program for energy savings.

A brief description of any energy metering and management systems employed by the institution:

CNM has a number of Buildings tied to the Energy management system and work in progressing to tie the information to one central location. Funding has been budgeted to complete this work and it should be operational by 2014.
Update-this project has moved to a capital plan for 2018-2019.

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

in 2009, the adminstration required all staff to remove all appliances on campus and facilities purchased new energy star rated appliances in all break rooms. All staff are required to use those break rooms to avoid staff and students from bringing used items on campus.

Energy standards and policy in the making (update, 2016).

A brief description of any energy-efficient landscape design initiatives employed by the institution:

CNM has replaced a majority of landscaping with new drought tolerant native plants and worked on placing drip irrigation systems throughout to minimize water use. ALl exterior lighting on new buildings utilize LED lighting.

A brief description of any vending machine sensors, lightless machines, or LED-lit machines employed by the institution:

The contract with the vending machine provider requires that they use energy misers on their machines to minimize energy use.

A brief description of other energy conservation and efficiency initiatives employed by the institution:

The Information Technology Department has installed software to shut down computers each night that are left on. Buildings temperatures are set back during weekends and holidays and weekend classes are consolidated to certain buildings to minimize the need to heat and cool.

The website URL where information about the institution’s energy conservation and efficiency initiatives is available:

The Carbon Calculator and associated EXCEL files are not working properly from previous calculation (2014). Molly Blumhoefer has updated the information using current data collected and analysed by AMERESCO contractors. They have developed their own Energy Star Platform through PNM. CNM also has an Energy Star Platform through PNM. Since methodologies are not the same, numbers may be slightly different than what would have been found using 2014 Cool Planet calculator.
114,473.0 (Grid-purchased electricity --Luis Campos 2014)
141427.998 (2016) grid purchased electricity: SOURCE Energy Star and PEP/AMERESCO data. AMERESCO are energy managers hired under contract (CNM).
Gross area of building space 1,848,187.0 (2016)--includes added L-building footage and ATC.

Energy files can be found in Molly's files, EXCEL: CNM Energy Metrics Jan-Dec 2015 (1)
Gross area of building space 1,732,022.0 (2016).

Wayne Kibler (CNM) confirmed that heating and cooling days remained unchanged from 2014 data.

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