Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.66
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
OP-5: Building Energy Efficiency

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.86 / 6.00 Josh Arnold
Director of Energy and Utilities
Energy Conservation, Development and Controls Division
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Electricity use, performance year (report kilowatt-hours):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity 11,770,448 Kilowatt-hours 40,160.77 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, non-combustion facilities/devices (e.g., renewable energy systems) 65,293.30 Kilowatt-hours 222.78 MMBtu

Stationary fuels and thermal energy, performance year (report MMBtu):
Stationary fuels used on-site to generate electricity and/or thermal energy 55,555 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water 32,865 MMBtu

Total site energy consumption, performance year:
128,803.55 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
1,265,328 Gross square feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 510,591 Square feet
Healthcare space 0 Square feet
Other energy intensive space 0 Square feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
2,286,510 Gross square feet

Degree days, performance year:
Degree days
Heating degree days 6,852 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 764 Degree-Days (°F)

Total degree days, performance year:
7,616 Degree-Days (°F)

Start and end dates of the performance year (or 3-year period):
Start date End date
Performance period July 1, 2018 June 30, 2019

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

Electricity use, baseline year (report kWh):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity 10,828,082 Kilowatt-hours 36,945.42 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):
Stationary fuels used on-site to generate electricity and/or thermal energy 26,230 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water 67,341 MMBtu

Total site energy consumption, baseline year:
130,516.42 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space, baseline year:
1,049,203 Gross square feet

Start and end dates of the baseline year (or 3-year period):
Start date End date
Baseline period July 1, 2006 June 30, 2007

A brief description of when and why the energy consumption baseline was adopted:
FY 2007 was chosen as the baseline year for ESF's Climate Action Plan in 2009 after former President Cornelius Murphy signed the ACUPCC commitment in 2007. This FY 2007 baseline was maintained in the 2020 Clean Energy Master Plan.

Source-site ratio for imported electricity:

Total energy consumption per unit of floor area:
Site energy Source energy
Performance year 0.10 MMBtu per square foot 0.17 MMBtu per square foot
Baseline year 0.12 MMBtu per square foot 0.20 MMBtu per square foot

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

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:
In the Spring of 2018, ESF, with the utilization of Lucid building analytics, sponsored, coordinated and participated in a campus energy reduction competition that included educating office occupants about energy saving tips, pledges to reduce energy, door hangers as a reminder, competition between buildings, and real-time energy data sharing using Lucid.

A brief description of energy use standards and controls employed by the institution:
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 Syracuse campus and the Ranger School facilities (Wanakena, NY). 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:
ESF's Gateway Center building was designed to achieve a US Green Building Council 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.


The CHP has been online since June of 2016 and the following projects have been implemented to enhance and optimize operations:

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

Website URL where information about the institution’s energy conservation and efficiency program is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Capital construction projects on state-owned land at ESF are designed and constructed under the authority of the State University Construction Fund (CF) and CF'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: https://www.sucf.suny.edu/design/projdirp.cfm

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