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Liaison Rebecca Quesnell
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2015
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Roosevelt University
OP-8: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Rebecca Quesnell
Sustainable Operations Coordinator
Physical Resources
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Total building energy consumption, all sources (transportation fuels excluded):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total building energy consumption 119182.43 MMBtu 109819.92 MMBtu

Purchased electricity and steam:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 56373.80 MMBtu 53986.88 MMBtu
District steam/hot water 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1265893 Gross Square Feet 1265893 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year::
Floor Area
Laboratory space 23955 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 8434
Cooling degree days 919

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, 2014 Dec. 31, 2014
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2013 Dec. 31, 2013

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

Roosevelt's current baseline for energy reduction is 2014, due to it containing data that has been confirmed multiple times. We used a 2013 baseline for the purposes of this credit because we needed to compare it to a performance year--as of now, 2015 (calendar year) energy-related invoices are not all in. Therefore, we felt confident using 2013 as a comparison year.


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

Building Standard is 68-74 Degrees per a letter written by Roosevelt President to all staff and students. Engineering utilizes 3 building Automation systems to schedule all occupancy times and set back temperatures at times when unoccupied.


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

We use LED lighting throughout all of our campus buildings. Auditorium Building: track lighting on the second floor,  a second floor store room, spot lights in room 178, currently replacing our emergency Exit and stair signs with LED lighting as the older bulbs burn out, 20 outdoor lights are LED, Auditroium Theater lobbies and foyer replaced 480 (60 watt) incadescent lamps with 4 watt LED lamps.The exits and stair signs in the Wabash, Goodman, and Gage buildings are all LED lights. Schaumburg Building/Campus: LED lighting through the indoor portion of the building, LED lamps in the outdoor fixtures that illuminate the sidewalks, lights that illuminate the large torch at the Schaumburg campus are LED lamps, and in summer 2016, we will be converting all parking lot lamps to LED technology (partially funded by ComED incentive grant). Goodman Center and AUD Building, WB exterior logo signage is LED technology on programmable timers. We will continue to use LED lighting where ever the opportunity presents itself.


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

Occupancy sensors are installed for lighting in most offices and class rooms in all buildings. Lutron dimmer system is installed and programmed for class occupancy in Wabash Building and Ganz Hall of Auditroium Building only.


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:
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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:

Currently, Roosevelt participates in Retrofit Chicago via their historical Auditorium Building. This commitment states that Roosevelt University will reduce energy consumption (kWh and therms combined) usage of their Auditorium Building (the building and theater combined) by 20% in five years. They are currently using 2014 as their baseline year. They have committed to meet this obligation by 2019. Roosevelt has also selected a retrocommisioning company to retrocommission the Auditorium and Wabash Buildings.


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

Building Automation Systems are in all campus buildings. We utilize ENERNOC, (real time demand usage reporting) so we can curb our demand energy use. We track our energy use (electric and gas) for all of our buildings via the USEPA Energy Portfolio Manager. Additionally, we receive monthly reports via the Energy Usage Data System (through ComED Smart Ideas) that gives us that month's energy use as compared to the previous year.


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

While more of a reactive program compared to a proactive program, we do replace appliances, equipment, and systems with energy efficient alternatives when the equipment is out of date and/or in need of replacement. In such cases, we buy energy star certified equipment.


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

Our Wabash and Goodman Field House Buildings both have green rooftop systems adding up to over 8,000 square feet. The vegetation on the roofs help to reduce the heat island effect/ help to cool and insulate the buildings depending on the season.


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

Vending machines on campus use light sensor systems. Additionally, vending machines in our "Foodroom" at the Schaumburg campus use LED lighting.


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

We utilize Demand Control Ventilation in our laboratory spaces in our Auditorium, Wabash, and Schaumburg Buildings as well as in our Goodman Field House.


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

An important note to make is that earlier in 2014 our gas usage spiked tremendously in one of our buildings--this is currently under investigation, as we have contacted our energy provider to get meter readings and make a confirmation. Additionally, our historic Auditorium building also has a theater that is our only building that is heated via electricity versus natural gas.

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