Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.55
Liaison Michelle Larkins
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Pacific University
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.43 / 6.00 Michelle Larkins
Director of the CSS
Center for a Sustainable Society
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 36,762 MMBtu 30,171 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) 40,233.72 MMBtu 45,000 MMBtu
Total 76,995.72 MMBtu 75,171 MMBtu

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2017 June 30, 2018
Baseline Year July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015

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 determined using the GHG inventory data from the 2014/15 reporting year.

Natural gas usage was not captured for the baseline year, however, we estimated 45000 MMBtu, because we were able to calculate that with additional renovations, and conversions of boilers, we are using more hydropower versus direct natural gas in the baseline year.

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 888,567 Gross Square Feet 715,435 Gross Square Feet

Source-site ratio for grid-purchased electricity:

Total building energy consumption per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Site energy 0.09 MMBtu / GSF 0.11 MMBtu / GSF
Source energy 0.18 MMBtu / GSF 0.20 MMBtu / GSF

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 4,721 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 460 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 45,988.50 Square Feet
Healthcare space 230,322 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
1,464,188 Gross Square Feet

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

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):

Allerton computerized programming system timed to building activity for Scott, Jefferson, and all newer buildings. STAEFA (old system) set to 70 degrees in the day and 50 degrees at night for Taylor Meade, New Library, Murdock.
Many of our newer buildings that are not used for residence halls do have occupancy sensors for lighting. We try to keep a 3 degree bandwidth on the temperatures in buildings and setting occupied and unoccupied schedules to minimize the use of the equipment as much as possible.

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

In partnership with the City of Hillsboro and Tuality Hospital, the Intermodal Transit Facility has LED lighting powered by solar panels on top of the building.

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


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


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):

We retrofit and replace with high efficiency when replacement is needed, for new construction we require high efficiency systems and led lighting.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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