Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 81.45
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date March 1, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Dickinson College
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.91 / 6.00 Neil Leary
Center for Sustainability Education
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 63,327.50 MMBtu 59,712.80 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site renewables 392 MMBtu 257 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) 80,071 MMBtu 84,883.90 MMBtu
Total 143,790.50 MMBtu 144,853.70 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):

The baseline matches our baseline adopted for ACUPCC and Dickinson's Climate Action Plan.

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 1,958,339 Gross Square Feet 1,883,140 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 0.07 MMBtu / GSF 0.08 MMBtu / GSF
Source energy 0.14 MMBtu / GSF 0.14 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 4,624 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 1,303 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 220,339 Square Feet
Healthcare space 1,663 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
2,424,081 Gross Square Feet

Building energy consumption (site energy) per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area per degree day, performance year:
10.01 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):

Every spring we host an energy challenge and residence hall electricity competition to promote energy saving behaviors (dickinson.edu/energychallenge). Realtime energy use is monitored and displayed for more than 20 residence halls and other buildings using a Lucid Energy Dashboard.

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

Dickinson College has a Siemens energy monitoring system that uses an Apogee Insight MLN layout to control, monitor, and trend internal/external temperatures and set points to maximize fossil fuel and electrical energy efficiency in twenty one academic, administrative, and residential buildings. These trends are then applied to occupancy levels to regulate temperatures. Most buildings are equipped with occupancy sensors, including CO2 sensors and motion sensors.

Temperatures are setback to 68 degrees F during the heating season and 74 degrees F during the cooling season, instead of the more common settings of 70 and 72 degrees. Buildings are closely monitored and unoccupied spaces are kept at even lower temperatures in the heating season and higher temperatures in the cooling season. Stringent energy curtailment programs are implemented during breaks.

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

Dickinson completed a campaign in 2017 to replace more than 90% of campus lighting with LED lights.

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

Dickinson's 5 LEED Gold buildings incorporate passive solar designs and use of daylighting.

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 older equipment is retired, Dickinson purchases only appliances and equipment that meet Energy Star standards of efficiency. These include motors and fans for air circulation, office equipment, classroom technology, and other equipment. In 2008, all washing machines in student residence halls were replaced with high-efficiency Energy Star front-load washers that substantially reduced electricity and water use.

Deferred maintenance projects incorporate energy efficiency improvements as part of Dickinson's Climate Action Plan.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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