Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 60.18
Liaison James Biesecker
Submission Date March 7, 2016
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Gettysburg College
OP-8: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.88 / 6.00 Jim Biesecker
Associate Vice President of Facilities Planning & Management
Facilities Services
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Total building energy consumption, all sources (transportation fuels excluded):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total building energy consumption 171,097 MMBtu 152,136 MMBtu

Purchased electricity and steam:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 68,408 MMBtu 65,841 MMBtu
District steam/hot water 101,179 MMBtu 86,295 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,690,229 Gross square feet 1,511,631 Gross square feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year::
Floor Area
Laboratory space 24,000 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 5,697
Cooling degree days 1,059

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 June 1, 2013 May 31, 2014
Baseline Year June 1, 2004 May 31, 2005

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

This was the year Gettysburg College signed and adopted the American College and University President's Commitment to Climate Change, which outlined emission goals for the future.

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

College uses TRANE BAS system to manage our building operations and temperature controls.

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

We are using some LED technology in our Exit signs and street lighting applications.

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

We have installed T5 lighting and timers, as well as new energy-efficient laundry machines across the entire campus.

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

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

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:

As we renovate mechanical or MEP systems in existing buildings, we commission the projects. We haven't recommissioned buildings that haven't been renovated. We are in the process of upgrading all of our lighting on the campus, so each year we do another building or two.

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

We use a TRANE energy management system for the campus to schedule and monitor energy usage. Fossil fuel usage at the central plant is monitored daily by power plant operators. All buildings on campus have water meters, and all buildings not connected to the central plant have electric and gas meters.

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

We buy energy star rated appliances.

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

We use native plantings whenever possible, and we created rain gardens next to two of our academic buildings. We have an underground stormwater system (used for irrigation or is it just storm?)

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

The Coke bottle dispensers in campus buildings go into sleep mode until a customer arrives.

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

Low-flow bathroom fixtures have been installed in on-campus residences, and buildings. Rainwater is also collected from the roof of the Jaeger Center and stored underneath a nearby parking lot in a 15,000 gallon cistern. This water is used to irrigate the campus during drought conditions. Should more than 15,000 gallons enter the cistern, the excess water will slowly move towards a filtration system located beneath a separate parking lot.To water its extensive athletic fields, the college uses water from the Quarry pond, lessening the need for potable water for lawn maintenance.

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