Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 81.67
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.75 / 6.00 Josh Arnold
Director of Energy and Utilities
Energy Conservation, Development and Controls Division
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 40,899.36 MMBtu 52,075 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site renewables 222.79 MMBtu 0 MMBtu
District steam/hot water (sourced from offsite) 32,208 MMBtu 75,199 MMBtu
Energy from all other sources (e.g., natural gas, fuel oil, propane/LPG, district chilled water, coal/coke, biomass) 61,031.20 MMBtu 25,389 MMBtu
Total 134,361.35 MMBtu 152,663 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 July 1, 2006 June 30, 2007

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):

FY-2007 was adopted as the baseline year for ESF's Carbon Neutrality Action Plan (ECN-2015), which can be found here: http://www.esf.edu/sustainability/ECN2015.pdf.

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 1,293,749 Gross Square Feet 1,049,203 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 0.10 MMBtu / GSF 0.15 MMBtu / GSF
Source energy 0.18 MMBtu / GSF 0.27 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 6,694 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 551 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 147,000 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
1,587,749 Gross Square Feet

Building energy consumption (site energy) per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area per degree day, performance year:
11.68 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):

In the Spring of 2018, ESF, with the utilization of Lucid building analytics, sponsored, coordinated and participated in a campus energy reduction competition.

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

ESF adjusts temperature settings in two building on campus - Baker and Jahn - according to time of day.

ESF utilizes a robust energy management system with smart algorithms to optimize energy consumption and enhance indoor air quality. ESF deploys optimum start technology to turn zones on just-in-time instead of at an arbitrary time, thus reducing energy consumption. The College utilized Lucid Building OS to identify opportunities to further reduce energy consumption. ESF has created a robust pneumatic thermostat controls calibration program.
It is adopting and starting to implement the ISO 50001 energy management standard.

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

ESF uses LED lighting in the campus parking lot as well as an office in Bray Hall (room 305)

The College has also installed over 7,000 4 foot LED plug-n-play lamps throughout the main campus and the Ranger School facilities. The lamps replace T-8 fluorescent lamps and contain no mercury.

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

ESF has commissioned and put into service a flat panel solar thermal array on the Gateway Center roof that preheats domestic hot water for the facility.

A brief description of co-generation employed by the institution, e.g. combined heat and power (CHP):

ESF's Gateway Center building was designed to achieve a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. The Gateway Center features a novel combined heat-and-power (CHP) system made up of two complementary components. A biomass-fueled system produces high-pressure steam to drive a steam turbine and generate electricity, while a set of three natural gas-fired microturbines that provide a balance of electricity and steam for heating.

Although the natural gas micro-turbines have been operational since the building's opening, in Fall 2013), operating the biomass boiler have proven to be more challenging, with several setbacks. However, by the end Summer 2016 (excluded from performance year) the full CHP system has been in full operation.

The CHP system will provide the Gateway Center and four other campus buildings with both thermal and electrical energy, meeting 65 percent of campus heating and 20 percent of campus electrical needs, while reducing the campuswide carbon footprint by 22 percent. It is a major component of ESF's Climate Action Plan.

- http://www.esf.edu/welcome/campus/gateway.htm
- http://www.esf.edu/sustainability/gatewaybuilding.pdf

2/21/2019 - CHP Updates
The CHP has been online since June of 2016 and the following projects have been implemented to enhance and optimize operations:
(1) A boiler non-condensing stack economizer installed on boiler #2 (natural gas boiler)

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 Energy Conservation, Development, and Controls Division is completing an inventory of a variety of office-based appliances (personal refrigerators, microwaves, heaters, etc.). This is leading to a policy to reduce the usage of these appliances.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Capital construction projects on state-owned land at ESF are designed and constructed under the authority of the State University Construction Fund and SUCF's Program Directives including:
= Directive 1B-2 - Net Zero Carbon New Buildings and Deep Energy Retrofits of
Existing Buildings.

Directive 1B-2 addresses SUNY's energy and carbon use reduction goals and provides construction project targets goals and design direction for new buildings, deep energy retrofits of existing buildings, and partial building renovations or system/component replacements

This directive may be found in their entirety at SUCF's website: https://www.sucf.suny.edu/design/projdirp.cfm

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