Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.02
Liaison Beth Klein
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

State University of New York at Cortland
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.42 / 6.00 Matt Brubaker
Energy Manager
Facilites Operation adn Services
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 94,495.40 MMBtu 90,707 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site renewables 7,937.30 MMBtu 4,906 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) 146,187.30 MMBtu 161,662 MMBtu
Total 248,620 MMBtu 257,275 MMBtu

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017
Baseline Year July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014

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):

The baseline was adopted from current reporting year and the prior STARS report.

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 2,657,285 Gross Square Feet 2,385,470 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 0.09 MMBtu / GSF 0.11 MMBtu / GSF
Source energy 0.18 MMBtu / GSF 0.20 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 6,699 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 940 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 145,797 Square Feet
Healthcare space 2,500 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
3,156,779 Gross Square Feet

Building energy consumption (site energy) per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area per degree day, performance year:
10.31 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):

We participate in both summer and winter demand response efforts. While we participate in a modest approach, typically 100 kW reduction in the winter and 200 kW reduction in the summer, this does require some communication with the campus community to be mindful of their electricity use, either through office equipment that is NOT essential, or through the simple act of turning off lights.
We also conducted a sustainability behavior survey to better understand campus culture when it comes to sustainability and their behavioral habits related to energy conservation. We plan to conduct the survey on a more regular basis, likely every two to three years.

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

The campus has an energy management system that controls most buildings by occupancy and scheduling.

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

The LED technology is currently used in a number of facilities with more planned in the coming years. We have nearly completed the design of a campus wide exterior lighting upgrade which will eliminate all metal-halide and high pressure sodium exterior lights from our campus.

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

Passive solar thermal water pre-heating is employed on four residential buildings. A ground source heat pump system serves one of our academic 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):

As part of the Executive Order 88, SUNY Cortland must comply with a robust recommissioning plan that adheres to a certain standard.

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

The source-site ratio for Grid-Purchased electricity of 3.33 is specific to the New York State Independent System Operator (NYISO). This aligns with our state reporting to comply with Executive Order 88. As the state's source-site ratio gets updated, so to shall our ratio.

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