Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.01
Liaison Rebecca Walker
Submission Date April 13, 2022

STARS v2.2

Southern Oregon University
OP-5: Building Energy Efficiency

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.99 / 6.00 Rebecca Walker
Sustainability Manager
Facilities, Management, Sustainability and Planning
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Electricity use, performance year (report kilowatt-hours):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity 7,000,800 Kilowatt-hours 23,886.73 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, non-combustion facilities/devices (e.g., renewable energy systems) 697,280 Kilowatt-hours 2,379.12 MMBtu

Stationary fuels and thermal energy, performance year (report MMBtu):
MMBtu
Stationary fuels used on-site to generate electricity and/or thermal energy 55,091 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water 0 MMBtu

Total site energy consumption, performance year:
81,356.85 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
1,871,242 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 27,717 Square Feet
Healthcare space 11,016 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 0 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
1,948,708 Gross Square Feet

Degree days, performance year:
Degree days
Heating degree days 4,748.10 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 1,516.20 Degree-Days (°F)

Total degree days, performance year:
6,264.30 Degree-Days (°F)

Start and end dates of the performance year (or 3-year period):
Start date End date
Performance period July 1, 2020 June 30, 2021

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

Electricity use, baseline year (report kWh):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity 12,054,000 Kilowatt-hours 41,128.25 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 82,209 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water 0 MMBtu

Total site energy consumption, baseline year:
123,337.25 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space, baseline year:
1,042,776 Gross Square Feet

Start and end dates of the baseline year (or 3-year period):
Start date End date
Baseline period July 1, 2005 June 30, 2006

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

The building energy consumption baseline of Fiscal Year 2006 was adopted because it is the most historic year that we have relevant, reliable and accurate data.


Source-site ratio for imported electricity:
3

Total energy consumption per unit of floor area:
Site energy Source energy
Performance year 0.04 MMBtu / GSF 0.07 MMBtu / GSF
Baseline year 0.12 MMBtu / GSF 0.20 MMBtu / GSF

Percentage reduction in total source energy consumption per unit of floor area from baseline:
65.00

Documentation 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:

Southern Oregon University encourages sustainable attitudes and practices to all students and employees through education and outreach efforts that include campus emails and announcements containing information on how to reduce energy use. The recent sustainability culture survey will help inform further outreach.


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

The Utilities Supervisor then schedules the operation of the HVAC system for each campus building on the University's direct digital control (DDC) system, based on the building occupancy information. When a building is not occupied, the temperature controls go into "unoccupied" status, with a lower setback temperature during the heating season and a higher setback temperature during the cooling season.


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

Southern Oregon University is always looking for ways to incorporate LED lighting in new construction and through retrofit of existing lighting.


A brief description of passive solar heating, geothermal systems, and related strategies employed by the institution:
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A brief description of co-generation employed by the institution:
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A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace energy-consuming appliances, equipment, and systems with high efficiency alternatives:

Southern Oregon University is actively working to recommission and retrofit existing buildings to be more energy-efficient equipment and this is set out in the Sustainability and Equity in Purchasing Policy. The university is also working on a project to replace two aging natural gas boilers with newer, more efficient boilers.


Website URL where information about the institution’s energy conservation and efficiency program is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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