Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.69
Liaison Elizabeth Drake
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Swarthmore College
OP-5: Building Energy Efficiency

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.37 / 6.00 Ralph Thayer
Director of Maintenance
Facilities Management
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Electricity use, performance year (report kilowatt-hours):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity 16,843,706 Kilowatt-hours 57,470.72 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, non-combustion facilities/devices (e.g., renewable energy systems) 66,124 Kilowatt-hours 225.62 MMBtu

Stationary fuels and thermal energy, performance year (report MMBtu):
MMBtu
Stationary fuels used on-site to generate electricity and/or thermal energy 114,696 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water 0 MMBtu

Total site energy consumption, performance year:
172,392.34 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
1,715,494 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 92,331 Square Feet
Healthcare space 4,291 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 9,159 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
1,917,897 Gross Square Feet

Degree days, performance year:
Degree days
Heating degree days 4,490 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 1,608 Degree-Days (°F)

Total degree days, performance year:
6,098 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:
14.74 Btu / GSF / Degree-Day (°F)

Electricity use, baseline year (report kWh):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity 17,142,606 Kilowatt-hours 58,490.57 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 103,339 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water 0 MMBtu

Total site energy consumption, baseline year:
161,829.57 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space, baseline year:
1,444,010 Gross Square Feet

Start and end dates of the baseline year (or 3-year period):
Start date End date
Baseline period Jan. 1, 2005 Dec. 31, 2005

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

2005 was our peak year for energy consumption after a decade of growth.


Source-site ratio for imported electricity:
3

Total energy consumption per unit of floor area:
Site energy Source energy
Performance year 0.10 MMBtu / GSF 0.17 MMBtu / GSF
Baseline year 0.11 MMBtu / GSF 0.19 MMBtu / GSF

Percentage reduction in total source energy consumption per unit of floor area from baseline:
13.25

Documentation to support the performance year energy consumption figures reported above:
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A brief description of the institution's initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices in regard to energy efficiency:

There is signage around campus that encourages individuals to turn lights off after they leave a room. There are also campus-wide emails that remind students who live on campus to unplug all electronic devices and turn off all lights when leaving for extended breaks.


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

We practice rigorous energy management with a Siemens DDC night time set backs, room scheduling via the academic calendar and some level of light control


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

All new lighting is specified to be LED unless impractical or special purpose. Some recent projects include the retrofit of Athletics facilities, including the Lamb Miller Fieldhouse and Ware Pool, which switched the incandescents into LED light fixtures.


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

The PPR Apartments, a new residential hall constructed since our previous report, is connected to a geothermal energy system. Singer Hall, another new academic building, was built with Passive Design & Envelope Optimization, which combine to put less demand on the HVAC systems by inviting solar gain in the winter, preventing solar gain in the summer, and retaining conditioned air through leak prevention and increased thermal insulation.


A brief description of co-generation employed by the institution:

None.


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace energy-consuming appliances, equipment, and systems with high efficiency alternatives:

All replacement appliances are specified to be Energy Star rated.


Website URL where information about the institution’s energy conservation and efficiency program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Imported electricity number includes buildings off the main campus (101 S. Chester) & separately metered buildings.

This data was assembled by Ralph Thayer, Director of Maintenance and representatives from the Office of Sustainability.

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