Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.61
Liaison Tracy Edwards
Submission Date June 12, 2016
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Frostburg State University
OP-8: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.62 / 6.00 Lawrence Gingerich
Safety and Sustainability Coordinator
Physical Plant
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Total building energy consumption, all sources (transportation fuels excluded):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total building energy consumption 230255 MMBtu 190496 MMBtu

Purchased electricity and steam:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 78902 MMBtu 73046 MMBtu
District steam/hot water 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1514557 Gross Square Feet 1435431 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year::
Floor Area
Laboratory space 23503 Square Feet
Healthcare space 1913 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

Degree days, performance year (base 65 °F)::
Degree days (see help icon above)
Heating degree days 5412
Cooling degree days 601

Source-site ratios::
Source-Site Ratio (see help icon above)
Grid-purchased electricity 3.14
District steam/hot water 1.20

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, 2007 June 30, 2007

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

The baseline year was adopted since records were available for use. The was the year the Climate Action Plan was being considered.


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

Timers are used for building occupancy with a night setback of 60 degrees unoccupied. We also use a building automation system. Both electronic and pneumatic systems are used.


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

LED lighting has been installed in a laboratory in our science building (Compton Science Center). We also have LED aisle lights in the Performing Arts Center. Many high intensity stage lights are now LED.
The Lane University Center had LED down lights installed in the Game Room in that building.
All campus exit signs are now LED.


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

Frostburg State University has installed light or motion sensors in the Gira Center, Guild Center, Gunter Hall, Stangle Building, Compton Hall and Lane University Center. FSU has installed three types of Occupancy Sensor Wall Switches.


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

The newly built Gira Center has expansive window areas that aid in the heating of the building. The Sustainable Energy Research Center (SERF) also takes advantage of passive heating of its interior space by the sun. There are also solar hot water panels on the roof of this building.


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

None at this time.


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

None at this time.


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

There is no formal program; however, several buildings have been renovated over the past several years increasing building efficiency.


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

FSU currently has an energy management system but does not allow us to track energy consumption.


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

It is mandated that our Purchasing Department purchase Energy Star equipment. All residence hall refrigerators were replaced with Energy Star refrigerators in 2012 and all washers and dryers were replaced in 2013 with Energy Star equipment.


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

The new LEED Gold Gira Center has a green roof that absorbs rainwater and helps insulate the building. Drainage from this roof is channeled into the landscaping around the building to water the plants. The area has been designed and constructed to reduce storm water run-off. New landscaping around the Lane Center's new addition also reduces run-off The Grounds Dept. is also planting steep hillsides with plants that will not need to be mowed for safety and energy savings purposes.


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

The Machine is new and has "vending-miser" type technology built into is and is located in Frederick Hall.


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

Frostburg State University continues to replace existing lighting with energy efficient lighting. Also, when chillers are replaced more efficient types are used.


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