Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.39
Liaison Yolanda Cieters
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Seattle University
OP-5: Building Energy Efficiency

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.77 / 6.00 Richard Moyer
Sustainable Operations & Projects Manager
Facilities Operations
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Electricity use, performance year (report kilowatt-hours):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity 17,028,768 Kilowatt-hours 58,102.16 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, non-combustion facilities/devices (e.g., renewable energy systems) 3,905 Kilowatt-hours 13.32 MMBtu

Stationary fuels and thermal energy, performance year (report MMBtu):
MMBtu
Stationary fuels used on-site to generate electricity and/or thermal energy 57,379.60 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water 0 MMBtu

Total site energy consumption, performance year:
115,495.08 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
2,151,355 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 59,106.24 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 59,608.37 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
2,329,175.85 Gross Square Feet

Degree days, performance year:
Degree days
Heating degree days 4,463 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 500.60 Degree-Days (°F)

Total degree days, performance year:
4,963.60 Degree-Days (°F)

Start and end dates of the performance year (or 3-year period):
Start date End date
Performance period July 1, 2018 June 30, 2019

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

Electricity use, baseline year (report kWh):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity 19,046,205 Kilowatt-hours 64,985.65 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, non-combustion facilities/devices (e.g., renewable energy systems) 0 Kilowatt-hours 0 MMBtu

Stationary fuels and thermal energy, baseline year (report MMBtu):
MMBtu
Stationary fuels used on-site to generate electricity and/or thermal energy 64,660 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water 14,353 MMBtu

Total site energy consumption, baseline year:
143,998.65 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space, baseline year:
2,142,930 Gross Square Feet

Start and end dates of the baseline year (or 3-year period):
Start date End date
Baseline period July 1, 2008 June 30, 2009

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

We used 2009 for all scopes 1, 2 and 3 because that year Seattle University adopted its Climate Action Plan and set targets.


Source-site ratio for imported electricity:
3

Total energy consumption per unit of floor area:
Site energy Source energy
Performance year 0.05 MMBtu / GSF 0.11 MMBtu / GSF
Baseline year 0.07 MMBtu / GSF 0.13 MMBtu / GSF

Percentage reduction in total source energy consumption per unit of floor area from baseline:
15.76

Documentation to support the performance year energy consumption figures reported above:
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A brief description of the institution's initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices in regard to energy efficiency:

--We are starting a pilot project (Fall 2021, delayed due to COVID pandemic) in residence halls, using signage inside dorm rooms to remind residents to turn off lights, electronics, etc. and help minimize energy use in residence halls.
--Student Sustainability Reps in the dorms conduct outreach to raise awareness of energy and water conservation efforts.
--Campus announcements are used to communicate about energy conservation on campus.
--Work order system used by students and employees to report energy conservation opportunities and issues.


A brief description of energy use standards and controls employed by the institution:

Building mechanical systems are connected to an Energy Management Software which turns temperature on and off based on each building's occupancy hours. It also controls some campus lighting.


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

Existing light fixtures are being converted to LED lamps as the technology improves and meets a room's needs. Six buildings have been converted to using all LED tube lights.


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

NA


A brief description of co-generation employed by the institution:

NA


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

--The Resource Conservation Manager is putting together a plan to identify the highest need buildings for recommissioning and implement recommissioning efforts with the help of an outside consultant.
--As part of our participation in a utility energy conservation program, we have created a resource conservation plan and facilities improvement matrix to codify conservation practices and identify future conservation projects.https://www.seattleu.edu/media/facilities-services/UPDATED_Seattle-University-Resource-Management-Plan.pdf


Website URL where information about the institution’s energy conservation and efficiency program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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--Performance year for this credit: FY19. We are not using FY20 data due to COVID-affected months (March-June 2020).

--Note that the gross floor area of building space (performance year) in OP5 is different from PRE-4.
The PRE-4 credit GSF is SU's institutional boundary GSF whereas in OP5 we report on SU's operational boundary (for both the performance and baseline year), that is, we exclude leased buildings from our count because we do not receive any utilities-related data for those buildings (that is entirely managed by another company) nor do we control changes or improvements related to the building’s utilities.

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