Overall Rating Expired
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Liaison Bert Jacobson
Submission Date Feb. 3, 2015
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Kankakee Community College
OP-8: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Bert Jacobson
Dean, Environmental and Institutional Sustainability
Environmental and Institutional Sustainability
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Total building energy consumption, all sources (transportation fuels excluded):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total building energy consumption 42587.54 MMBtu 47035.10 MMBtu

Purchased electricity and steam:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 16868.12 MMBtu 20175.60 MMBtu
District steam/hot water 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 320537 Gross Square Feet 320537 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year::
Floor Area
Laboratory space 53021 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 7179
Cooling degree days 877

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 Jan. 1, 2013 Dec. 31, 2013
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2008 Dec. 31, 2008

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

While not before 2005, the baseline was established in 2008 when the college hired a Dean for Environmental and Institutional Sustainability, hired a Sustainability Coordinator, and established a Sustainability Center. A baseline was needed to mark progress on the Climate Action Plan.


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

The thermostats are set to 68-72 in the winter and 72-76 in the summer.


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

All of the parking lt lights, emergency exit signs, and exterior lights are LED. KCC is evaluating using LEDs for all interior lighting as well.


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

Occupancy sensors are used in all classrooms and laboratories to control the lights. Vacancy sensors are being installed in all new construction and renovations.


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

Ground-source heat pumps with a geothermal system is employed at KCC's newest LEED Gold off-site extension center and a ground-sourced heat pump with geothermal system is being planned for a new Advanced Technology Education Center breaking ground on campus in Spring 2015.


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

KCC had a retrocommissioning audit conducted by the Illinois Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) in 2007 which recommended all of the lighting and HVAC upgrades that have been implemented to date.


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

KCC's electric and solar energy are metered and fed into a campus energy dashboard--part of a state-wide system established by the Illinois Green Economy Network for participating Illinois community colleges. A building automation system manages the energy.


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

KCC's purchasing policy specifies that all energy-consuming appliances, equipment, and systems be replaced with EnergyStar alternatives where appropriate.


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

The Master Plan and Conservation plans call for water- and energy-conserving landscaping designs with native plantings, replacing turf grass where possible, bioswales around parking ots, and a north pond renovation that created a natural habitat with native plants, educational signage, and a constructed path for students, faculty, and staff.


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

All new vending services have energy-saving technology. KCC is currently working with a new campus food service to address the older vending machines on campus.


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

KCC retrofit 80% of campus roofs with energy-efficient, light reflecting materials. The next phase of the Campus Master Plan calls for replacing the boilers with more energy-efficient systems or with a main plant, campus geothermal system.


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