Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.95
Liaison Susan Powers
Submission Date Feb. 12, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Clarkson University
OP-8: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.13 / 6.00 Susan Powers
Director of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment
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Total building energy consumption, all sources (transportation fuels excluded):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total building energy consumption 275,857 MMBtu 263,031 MMBtu

Purchased electricity and steam:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 66,209 MMBtu 92,010 MMBtu
District steam/hot water 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,700,033 Gross square feet 1,555,293 Gross square feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year::
Floor Area
Laboratory space 157,227 Square feet
Healthcare space 0 Square feet
Other energy intensive space

Degree days, performance year (base 65 °F)::
Degree days (see help icon above)
Heating degree days 8,848
Cooling degree days 410

Source-site ratios::
Source-Site Ratio (see help icon above)
Grid-purchased electricity 1.60
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 July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015
Baseline Year July 1, 2004 June 30, 2005

A brief description of when and why the building energy consumption baseline was adopted:
FY2005 used as baseline per previous STARS requirements

A brief description of any building temperature standards employed by the institution:
Building standards for 70 deg. In winter and 76 deg. In summer. (http://www.clarkson.edu/facilities/Engineering/hvacsystems.pdf)

A brief description of any light emitting diode (LED) lighting employed by the institution:
LED lighting retrofits completed for athletic buildings and outdoor street/sidewalk lighting (transition still in progress)

A brief description of any occupancy and/or vacancy sensors employed by the institution:
Occupancy sensors used in many hallways, classrooms and offices. Daylight sensors used where applicable (e.g., TAC)

A brief description of any passive solar heating employed by the institution:
The LEED Gold Technology Advancement Center (TAC) includes south facing windows for solar gain with slates for overhang to reduce gain in summer months

A brief description of any ground-source heat pumps employed by the institution:
Geothermal heat pump heating and cooling used in Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries (4000 sq. ft.)

A brief description of any cogeneration technologies employed by the institution:
Natural gas microturbine provides high efficiency electricity, heating and cooling for the TAC building.

A brief description of any building recommissioning or retrofit program employed by the institution:
All renovations include substantial energy upgrades per operations and construction standards. All academic buildings currently retrofitted with new district chiller system to improve efficiency. Clarkson is currently planning on replacing existing lighting fixtures under an energy saving performance contract (ESPC). Products shall meet or exceed the Energy Star guidelines. (http://www.clarkson.edu/facilities/Engineering/hvacsystems.pdf)

A brief description of any energy metering and management systems employed by the institution:
All building renovations include energy metering. The energy management system for the academic buildings is being transformed from a variety of disparate systems to one common system as part of the new chiller retrofit.

A brief description of the institution's program to replace energy-consuming appliances, equipment and systems with high efficiency alternatives:
EnergyStar appliances are expected as part of the building standards for all new renovations and purchases. Older equipment is being phased out as feasible. (http://www.clarkson.edu/facilities/Engineering/hvacsystems.pdf)

A brief description of any energy-efficient landscape design initiatives employed by the institution:
Build close to existing infrastructure to minimize the need for tertiary development. For example, minimize utility runs. Minimize energy use by using solar gain or shading to the maximum extent possible. • Utilize natural ventilation techniques. • Maximize views and spaces for peaceful contemplation by capitalizing on the surrounding natural beauty. (http://www.clarkson.edu/facilities/Engineering/environmentalstandards.pdf)

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

A brief description of other energy conservation and efficiency initiatives employed by the institution:
The Smart Housing Project and Sustainable Office Certification programs both include education about energy and water use and ways to conserve or change technologies to use it more efficiently.

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