Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.15
Liaison Paul Scanlon
Submission Date Feb. 29, 2016
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Slippery Rock University
OP-8: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.07 / 6.00 Paul Scanlon
Special Assistant to the President
President's Office/Sustainability
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Total building energy consumption, all sources (transportation fuels excluded):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total building energy consumption 283,161 MMBtu 460,724 MMBtu

Purchased electricity and steam:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 92,968 MMBtu 86,967 MMBtu
District steam/hot water 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2,511,667 Gross square feet 1,916,095 Gross square feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year::
Floor Area
Laboratory space 12,168 Square feet
Healthcare space 6,114 Square feet
Other energy intensive space

Degree days, performance year (base 65 °F)::
Degree days (see help icon above)
Heating degree days 6,554
Cooling degree days 539

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 Sept. 1, 2014 Aug. 30, 2015
Baseline Year Sept. 1, 2004 Aug. 30, 2005

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

FY 2004-2005 was selected as the baseline year for energy use because it is also used as the baseline for our GHG inventories and was the oldest year for which accurate information was available.

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

Almost every campus building is tied into the campus building automation system (Tridium Niagara). The air conditioning and heating is turned from occupied mode to unoccupied mode via electronic schedules within the system. The Energy Conservation Policy requires thermostat setpoint temperatures of 67F (Winter Occupied mode), 55F (Winter Unoccupied), 75F (Summer Occupied), and 85F (Summer Unoccupied).

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

Seesmart 4’ 15W LED Tube Light are currently being used as a retrofit for T-12 lights in the Maintenance Center. LED light fixtures are also used extensively in the Bailey Library. Additional LED lighting, including the exterior site lighting and interior building lighting, is included in a Guaranteed Energt Savings Agreement currently being negotiated with an ESCO firm.

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

Occupancy sensors are used extensively on campus, generally in classrooms, office areas and restrooms.

A brief description of any passive solar heating employed by the institution:

The Harmony House at the Macoskey Center employs passive solar heating in the south-facing classroom area, where concrete flooring material is used to absorb heat during the day. The windows in this area are also provided with curtains for use to retain heat in the building during winter nighttime hours.

A brief description of any ground-source heat pumps employed by the institution:

The Harmony House at the Macoskey Center is heated and cooled by a ground-source heat pump system, with supplemental heat provided by a woodstove.

A brief description of any cogeneration technologies employed by the institution:


A brief description of any building recommissioning or retrofit program employed by the institution:

Our Climate Action Plan includes performing energy audits/re-commissioning of approximately 5% of our building stock each year. To date, energy audits and a limited number of energy conservation measures have been completed at the Rock Apartments, the Harmony House, and Morrow Field House. Additional recommissioning and retrofitting of buildings is included in a Guaranteed Energy Savings Agreement currently being negotiated with an ESCO firm.

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

SRU uses the VYKON energy suite as part of its Building Automation System (Niagara Tridium Framework). The energy suite monitors and trends all meter data. Our largest Residence Halls (A through F) now have energy dashboards installed in the lobby of each building.

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

Included in our Energy Conservation Policy are the following requirements:
"All new personal appliances and energy-using devices shall be EnergyStar models if available, and any existing appliance shall be replaced with an EnergyStar model at the end of its useful service life".
"University employees may purchase only Energy Star certified products for all authorized appliances and equipment where this rating exists".

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

150 gallons of biodiesel fuel is produced annually from used cooking oil supplied by our Dining Hall Services vendor, and is used to fuel a tractor at the Equestrian Center/Macoskey Center. Indigenous planting areas have also been incorporated into new building sites, and no potable water is used for site irrigation (except for two athletic fields) of a 500+ acre campus.

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


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

SRU has an active Energy Pledge campaign with over 2,000 students, faculty and staff committed to engaging in at least three energy-conserving actions on a daily basis. A new "Green Leaves" departmental sustainability certification program is also being piloted within the School of Business to increase the energy conservation/sustainability efforts within academic departments.

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