Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.92
Liaison Caitlin Steele
Submission Date June 8, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

San Francisco State University
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.53 / 6.00 Rachelle Caterson
Student Assistant
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 100,681 MMBtu 188,986 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) 106,824 MMBtu 163,173 MMBtu
Total 207,505 MMBtu 352,159 MMBtu

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017
Baseline Year July 1, 2009 June 30, 2010

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 year of fiscal year 2009-2010 was selected to provide a 5 year comparisson.

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 4,307,021 Gross square feet 3,852,144 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 0.05 MMBtu per square foot 0.09 MMBtu per square foot
Source energy 0.10 MMBtu per square foot 0.20 MMBtu per square foot

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 2,604 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 55 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 331,585 Square feet
Healthcare space 0 Square feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
4,992,489 Gross square feet

Building energy consumption (site energy) per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area per degree day, performance year:
15.63 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):

SF State uses an energy dashboard to display usage on an individual building and whole campus basis. Building managers can use this feedback to adjust management strategies and educate their inhabitants. SF State's Facilities department monitors usage and checks on any spikes or anomalies in data to find opportunities to repair issues or replace inefficient equipment.

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

SF State's Facilities department uses a computer program to monitor HVAC systems energy performance throughout campus.

SF State uses occupancy sensors for lighting throughout campus. New lighting installations include daylight harvesting and central controls.

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

SF State has begun to retrofit campus lighting from fluorescents to LEDs that include features like daylight harvesting, motion sensors, central controls, and timers. Spaces on campus that use LED lighting include: the SF State Parking Garage, Fine Arts Gallery, President's Office, Facilities office, Capital Planning Office, waste management, and interior and exterior lighting at the Mashouf Wellness Center.

SF State uses motion sensors throughout campus buildings to reduce energy consumption from lighting.

SF State employs delamping as a method for lowering lighting energy use by removing excessive lighting.

SF State's newer buildings use daylighting to reduce the need for mechanical lighting.

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):

SF State operated 2 cogeneration plants until 2012 when they were decommissioned. Part of the reason SF State left them in non-operation was to decrease greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas and to move towards a zero-emissions campus.

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):

The SF State Sustainable Development Framework requires all contractors to specify energy efficient appliances in new construction and in building retrofits.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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