Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.32
Liaison Ken Lindeman
Submission Date April 24, 2020

STARS v2.2

Florida Institute of Technology
OP-5: Building Energy Efficiency

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.69 / 6.00 Quinn Duffy
University Sustainability Officer
Facilities
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Electricity use, performance year (report kilowatt-hours):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity 28,012,030 Kilowatt-hours 95,577.05 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, non-combustion facilities/devices (e.g., renewable energy systems) 31,550 Kilowatt-hours 107.65 MMBtu

Stationary fuels and thermal energy, performance year (report MMBtu):
MMBtu
Stationary fuels used on-site to generate electricity and/or thermal energy 10,346 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water 0 MMBtu

Total site energy consumption, performance year:
106,030.69 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
1,961,594 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 199,466 Square Feet
Healthcare space 1,936.32 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 4,842 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
2,369,240.64 Gross Square Feet

Degree days, performance year:
Degree days
Heating degree days 341 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 4,042 Degree-Days (°F)

Total degree days, performance year:
4,383 Degree-Days (°F)

Start and end dates of the performance year (or 3-year period):
Start date End date
Performance period May 1, 2018 April 30, 2019

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

Electricity use, baseline year (report kWh):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity 31,941,565 Kilowatt-hours 108,984.62 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, non-combustion facilities/devices (e.g., renewable energy systems) 31,550 Kilowatt-hours 107.65 MMBtu

Stationary fuels and thermal energy, baseline year (report MMBtu):
MMBtu
Stationary fuels used on-site to generate electricity and/or thermal energy 21,771.48 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water 0 MMBtu

Total site energy consumption, baseline year:
130,863.75 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space, baseline year:
1,961,594 Gross Square Feet

Start and end dates of the baseline year (or 3-year period):
Start date End date
Baseline period May 1, 2012 April 30, 2013

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

This baseline was adopted as it represented the first year that the university had complete data for all metered systems throughout the university. Any data taken before May 1, 2012 would have yielded incomplete data and misrepresented the consumption numbers. This also was chosen as the baseline as the university's energy performance contract with Siemens hadn't been fully implemented and this represented the best example of current campus operations.


Source-site ratio for imported electricity:
3.14

Total energy consumption per unit of floor area:
Site energy Source energy
Performance year 0.05 MMBtu / GSF 0.16 MMBtu / GSF
Baseline year 0.07 MMBtu / GSF 0.19 MMBtu / GSF

Percentage reduction in total source energy consumption per unit of floor area from baseline:
14.70

Documentation to support the performance year energy consumption figures reported above:
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A brief description of the institution's initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices in regard to energy efficiency:

The largest initiative to assist in the reduction of electricity demand was to direct our facilities operations trades and project managers to replace light fixtures with LED whenever possible, add energy efficiency measures including occupancy sensors, building automation, insulation, and other items.


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

The university uses a variety of occupancy / vacancy sensors to control lighting and bathroom fan controls. Building temperatures are maintained via the university's Automated Building Systems Engineers (ABSE) to specific standards to optimize the campus chiller network. Residence Halls on campus that have the ability to control in-room temperatures are restricted by facilities for an ability to fluctuate the temperature by 5 degrees. The ABSE's fluctuate temperature controls to optimize the air conditioning system during occupied and non-occupied hours of operation.


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

LED lighting is being phased in on an as needed basis. Within the past few years, lighting retrofits consisted of T-8 replacements for lighting within a majority of campus buildings. This was part of a campus wide energy performance initiative through our commercial partner, Siemens. Moving forward, the university is committed to pursuing LED lighting replacements where applicable.


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

The university utilizes geothermal heating for the LEED Silver certified Panther Aquatic Center. Ground wells serve the needs of aiding and maintaining pool temperatures without the need for mechanical heating and cooling systems.


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

N/A


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

Although not a formalized policy, the university is actively seeking to replace existing appliances with an Energy Star rated substitution. There is also a push within the IT Department to start sourcing more energy efficient computer systems.


Website URL where information about the institution’s energy conservation and efficiency program is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The data was sourced and reviewed by the university's Facilities Operations Department, accounting for all campus buildings in different regions. This data does not include FIT Aviation LLC. as that is its own business entity and their operations remain separate from the university's.

Revision:

There were significant reeducations in energy usage from 2007 to 2019 with the execution of a Siemens ESCO that staged a large number of improvements and upgrades to HVAC plant operations that allowed the university to cut the electrical usage and rely less on back-up generated power in certain instances.

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