Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 28.95
Liaison Thomas Wassmer
Submission Date June 17, 2019
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Siena Heights University
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 6.00 Thomas Wassmer
Associate Professor of Biology
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 16,201.56 MMBtu 16,201.56 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site renewables 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu
District steam/hot water (sourced from offsite) 0 MMBtu 2 MMBtu
Energy from all other sources (e.g., natural gas, fuel oil, propane/LPG, district chilled water, coal/coke, biomass) 15,170.96 MMBtu 15,170.96 MMBtu
Total 31,372.52 MMBtu 31,374.52 MMBtu

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 31, 2018 Dec. 31, 2019
Baseline Year Jan. 31, 2018 Dec. 31, 2019

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):


Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 693,260 Gross Square Feet 693,260 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 / GSF 0.05 MMBtu / GSF
Source energy 0.10 MMBtu / GSF 0.10 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 6,054 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 1,157 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 557.18 Square Feet
Healthcare space 67.28 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
696,341.40 Gross Square Feet

Building energy consumption (site energy) per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area per degree day, performance year:
6.25 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):

Siena Heights University offers many opportunities to raise awareness involving energy. The CoOp Sustainability Internship strives to increase energy efficiency by raising awareness on campus. The environmental club Green Light on-campus advocates for energy efficiency. Finally, through the Environmental Documentary Series, many students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to watch films about renewable energy.

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

In our newest buildings (McLaughlin University Center, St. Catherine Residence Hall, and Spencer Performing Arts Center), they are equipped with occupancy and vacancy sensors. This means that the lights shut off after so many minutes without use.

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

McLaughlin University Center, St. Catherine Residence Hall, and the Spencer Performing Arts Center have LED lighting throughout the center. These buildings also have many windows to allow in natural light.

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

Siena Heights University makes use of natural light as a source of passive solar heating. In two main buildings (Dominican Hall and the new Spencer Performing Arts Center) we installed many large windows as a means to light and heat the buildings.

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):

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

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