Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 30.46
Liaison Caitlin Jillson
Submission Date Oct. 11, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Southern New Hampshire University
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.21 / 6.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 54452 MMBtu 54452 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) 47074 MMBtu 47074 MMBtu
Total 101526 MMBtu 101526 MMBtu

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2017 June 30, 2018
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017

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):

To establish an initial GHG inventory alongside the first STARS report.

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 1323729 Gross Square Feet 1234000 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 0.08 MMBtu / GSF 0.08 MMBtu / GSF
Source energy 0.16 MMBtu / GSF 0.18 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 6080 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 1005 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 10000 Square Feet
Healthcare space 3800 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
1376329 Gross Square Feet

Building energy consumption (site energy) per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area per degree day, performance year:
10.41 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):

Though there are not any formal initiatives in place to shift individual attitudes and practices, education has been taking place through Facilities group meetings and word of mouth.

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

SNHU continues to replace both fluorescent and compact fluorescent lights with LED's and add lighting control systems to buildings that do not have them. The University experiences savings through reduced energy usage of LED's and lighting controls allow the Unversity to introduce occupancy schedules, daylight harvesting routines, and special event lighting intensities. The Building Automation System allows the University to program occupancy schedules for various HVAC equipment and also allows to implement nighttime setbacks. Programmed routines for occupancy sensors also allow for energy savings. All ventilation equipment on new buildings utilizes and energy recovery wheel or tube pack for recovering energy in exhaust air streams. Variable Frequency Drives have been systematically added to hydronic pumping systems, ventilation supply, and return fans, and refrigeration compressors to allow for energy savings through equipment turndown, modulation, and load matching.

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

The University is replacing old technology with LED throughout campus.

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):

Athletics has a cogeneration plant for 60 kW of electricity and domestic hot water heating and pool water heating.

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):

SNHU is performing re-commissioning on some buildings.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

HDD and CDD were used from online weather data website for the Manchester NH weather station.

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