Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.63
Liaison Karen Oberer
Submission Date Aug. 22, 2016
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McGill University
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.98 / 6.00 Jerome Conraud
Energy Manager
Facilities Operations & Development, Div. of Univ. Services
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 572,984 MMBtu 452,762 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site renewables 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu
District steam/hot water (sourced from offsite) 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu
Energy from all other sources (e.g., natural gas, fuel oil, propane/LPG, district chilled water, coal/coke, biomass) 586,698 MMBtu 930,671 MMBtu
Total 1,159,682 MMBtu 1,383,433 MMBtu

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year May 1, 2015 April 30, 2016
Baseline Year June 1, 2002 May 31, 2003

A brief description of when and why the building energy consumption baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):

The baseline was set by Québec's Ministry of Higher Education (Ministère de l'Éducation supérieure, de la Recherche et des Sciences) for all universities in the Province. The Province has mandated all universities and colleges to reduce their energy intensity 12% below the 2002-2003 baseline.

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 791,140 Gross square meters 662,238 Gross square meters

Source-site ratio for grid-purchased electricity:

Total building energy consumption per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Site energy 0.14 MMBtu per square meter 0.19 MMBtu per square meter
Source energy 0.21 MMBtu per square meter 0.26 MMBtu per square meter

Percentage reduction in total building energy consumption (source energy) per unit of floor area from baseline:

Degree days, performance year (base 65 °F / 18 °C):
Degree days (see help icon above)
Heating degree days 3,845 Degree-Days (°C)
Cooling degree days 420 Degree-Days (°C)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 167,219 Square meters
Healthcare space 15,607 Square meters
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
13,020,348.96 Gross square meters

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

Documentation (e.g. spreadsheet or utility records) to support the performance year energy consumption figures reported above:

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices in regard to energy efficiency (e.g. outreach and education efforts):

A brief description of energy use standards and controls employed by the institution (e.g. building temperature standards, occupancy and vacancy sensors):

Temperature and ventilation set points are managed per type of space, activity, and depending on occupancy. When possible, temperature and ventilation set points will vary in all type of space during unoccupied hours to minimize energy use on campus.
The parameters for office space are defined in University Services' service catalogue (see Annex D).

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

65% of indoor parking space converted to LED lighting in 2014; an extra 15% was converted in 2015 (total of 80% indoor parking lit by LEDs). All exit signs have been converted to LED in all buildings. LED lighting is being used more and more for specific indoor applications (e.g., architectural lighting, task lighting, etc.)

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

None yet. McGill's main challenge in terms of passive solar heating is that the buildings where it would be most interesting (i.e. research buildings with high ventilation rates) are located in a heritage area where the architectural style of the buildings and of the overall campus must be preserved.

A brief description of co-generation employed by the institution, e.g. combined heat and power (CHP):

None. McGill doesn't have cogeneration on campus for two reasons:
- Québec's electricity is 99% from renewable sources, therefore, generating electricity on campus would increase our GHGs.
- Québec's electricity rates are very competitive and deploying a cogeneration system doesn't offer a viable payback with the current rate structure.

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace energy-consuming appliances, equipment and systems with high efficiency alternatives (e.g. building re-commissioning or retrofit programs):

As part of McGill's Five-Year Energy Management Plan, many major HVAC systems are being upgraded on campus, 16 buildings have been retro-commissioned or are in the process of being so.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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