Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 40.37
Liaison Raafat Kabbara
Submission Date Nov. 15, 2022

STARS v2.2

Higher Colleges of Technology
OP-5: Building Energy Efficiency

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.26 / 6.00 Raafat Kabbara
Assistant Manager - Facilities Management
General Services
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Electricity use, performance year (report kilowatt-hours):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity 63,584,895 Kilowatt-hours 216,951.66 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, non-combustion facilities/devices (e.g., renewable energy systems) 162,747 Kilowatt-hours 555.29 MMBtu

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

Total site energy consumption, performance year:
217,506.95 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
376,681.88 Gross Square Metres

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 34,027.61 Square Metres
Healthcare space 2,956.37 Square Metres
Other energy intensive space 14,639.49 Square Metres

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
465,289.33 Gross Square Metres

Degree days, performance year:
Degree days
Heating degree days 0 Degree-Days (°C)
Cooling degree days 5,030 Degree-Days (°C)

Total degree days, performance year:
5,030 Degree-Days (°C)

Start and end dates of the performance year (or 3-year period):
Start date End date
Performance period Jan. 1, 2021 Dec. 31, 2021

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

Electricity use, baseline year (report kWh):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity 66,512,911.80 Kilowatt-hours 226,942.06 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, non-combustion facilities/devices (e.g., renewable energy systems) 162,747 Kilowatt-hours 555.29 MMBtu

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

Total site energy consumption, baseline year:
227,497.35 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space, baseline year:
376,681.88 Gross Square Metres

Start and end dates of the baseline year (or 3-year period):
Start date End date
Baseline period Jan. 1, 2018 Dec. 31, 2018

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

2018 has been taken as a baseline year, considering that this year, the sustainability projects started to be executed, and full data regarding utility consumption is available.


Source-site ratio for imported electricity:
2.50

Total energy consumption per unit of floor area:
Site energy Source energy
Performance year 0.58 MMBtu / GSM 1.44 MMBtu / GSM
Baseline year 0.60 MMBtu / GSM 1.51 MMBtu / GSM

Percentage reduction in total source energy consumption per unit of floor area from baseline:
4.40

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:

Over 2020 / 21 there were several energy management projects implemented at various HCT campuses and buildings:
• Internal and external Lighting retrofitting projects (LED lights and sensors)- system-wide
• Modification of BMS and HVAC system as DBM
• replacement of the Energy meters in all MDBs with BMS interfacing at DBM
• Capacitor bank retrofit at FJM
• A/C chillers and package units retrofits in AAM, AAW, ADW, and DBW
• Various power managing initiatives on campuses (awareness campaigns, A/C load reduction during holidays, etc.).
• The Data Center Energy Efficiency Project: In order to transform the traditional Data Center into a smart Virtualized Tier3 data center, HCT migrated our Data Center to a state-of-the-art software-defined network & private cloud platform. Delivering tangible business benefits of reduced data center footprint from 25 racks to 13 racks and associated operations costs. It covers the deployment of next-generation computing power for significant improvement of application responsiveness resulting in enhanced user experience with a robust, fully redundant architecture at various ecosystems levels to provide digital online teaching and learning experience for faculty and students and to ensure 100% accessibility of all IT services without any interruptions. (chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https://hct.ac.ae/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/SuccessStory_HCT_Digicampus_7Apr.pdf)

in the future, the following actions will be taken to further reduce power consumption:
1. Produce 5% Renewable Energy by 2024
2. Implement BEMIS (Building Energy Management Information System)
3. Purchase Only Energy Star Appliances
4. Implement smart irrigation
5. Execute projects supporting the renewable energy strategies
6. Outreach and education efforts via the Communication team and the student life department.


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

HCT has implemented a water and energy management policy that all employees shall abide by. Find some of the policy statements listed below.

HCT is committed to effective and efficient management of energy and water consumption and continuously improving its energy and water management performance by:

Complying, as a minimum requirement, with the respective legislations, regulations, and other relevant requirements;

Setting realistic objectives and targets for each area of significant energy and water consumption;

Encouraging the procurement of energy/water-efficient products and services and design for energy and water performance improvement and long-term sustainability;

Ensuring the reduction of energy/water consumption by the HCT community through awareness sessions and circulars to HCT employees, vendors, clients, contractors, and other stakeholders.

Integrating the Environmental and Energy/water Management Systems to monitor and optimize the utilization of the energy and water to ensure that the defined Performance Indicators are met. "


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

A Project was put in place to replace all lights with more energy-efficient fixtures. This was across all of the campuses that HCT owns.
The project scope is to replace the conventional light fixtures with LED in the specified
areas as described in this RFP and as per the approved Layout including all MEP as per the
specification guidelines provided below at all HCT campuses."


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

A Solar Water Heating System with the backup of 30 KW induction heater has been installed at Dubai Women’s campus in 2018 resulting a major power savings while replacing the existing 300 kW conventional type electric Calorifiers. The system is composed of Roof mounted solar panels, storage tanks, 2 X 15 KW backup induction heater, sensors, controllers, circulation system, etc.


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

NA


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

The HCT initiative to replace energy-consuming appliances, equipment, and systems with high-efficiency alternatives is based on the sustainable procurement policy of HCT by obtaining Value for Money through the ideal combination of quality, cost, and expected useful lifetime of the goods/services, its suitability to meet HCT’s requirements as well as the sustainability of the purchases.
In addition, this initiative is reflected in the Energy and Water policy by Encouraging the procurement of energy/water-efficient products and services and design for energy and water performance improvement and long-term sustainability;
For example, since 2018, HCT has carried out many retrofitting projects, including replacing various equipment, such as variable frequency drives, AC units, chillers, smart irrigation systems, etc., across various campuses aiming to reduce power consumption and replace with more efficient equipment.


Website URL where information about the institution’s energy conservation and efficiency program is available:
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