Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 40.64
Liaison Rebecca Collins
Submission Date July 31, 2015
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Temple University
OP-8: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.39 / 6.00 Katherine Switala-Elmhurst
Program Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Total building energy consumption, all sources (transportation fuels excluded):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total building energy consumption 1,736,831 MMBtu 1,493,233 MMBtu

Purchased electricity and steam:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 715,069 MMBtu 684,037.10 MMBtu
District steam/hot water 5,018 MMBtu 3,807 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 10,468,357 Gross Square Feet 8,266,175 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year::
Floor Area
Laboratory space 936,639 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

Degree days, performance year (base 65 °F)::
Degree days (see help icon above)
Heating degree days 4,888
+ Date Revised: Dec. 5, 2017
Cooling degree days 1,305
+ Date Revised: Dec. 5, 2017

Source-site ratios::
Source-Site Ratio (see help icon above)
Grid-purchased electricity 3.14
District steam/hot water 1.20

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods)::
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014
Baseline Year July 1, 2005 June 30, 2006

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

2006 represents first year data is considered complete and reliable

A brief description of any building temperature standards employed by the institution:

The university utilizes its building automation system to regulate temperatures in buildings based on occupancy hours. The setback period is scheduled for evenings and weekends.

A brief description of any light emitting diode (LED) lighting employed by the institution:

In FY14, the university installed 120 LED lights in the Kiva Auditorium. Temple installed 17 Watt par 38 LED dimmable lamps, thereby replacing the 100 watt par 38 lamps that were previously used in the space.

A brief description of any occupancy and/or vacancy sensors employed by the institution:

A number of buildings on campus use motion sensors to reduce energy consumption associated with lighting in several of its buildings, including:

-Alter Hall
-Offices in Pearson/McGonigle renovation
-Architecture building
-Ritter Annex

A brief description of any passive solar heating employed by the institution:

A brief description of any ground-source heat pumps employed by the institution:

A brief description of any cogeneration technologies employed by the institution:

A brief description of any building recommissioning or retrofit program employed by the institution:

A brief description of any energy metering and management systems employed by the institution:

The university meters steam, chilled water and electric; however, not every building on campus is metered for all three. Below please find the description of the metering process for steam, chilled water, and electricity. All steam is metered by the YOKOGAWA YEWFLO Vortex shedder type meters positioned in line with the steam supply pipe of each building. All buildings that are monitoring chilled water have YOKOGAWA MAGFLO METERS in line with the supply line from the main chilled water plant. All electrical switchboards monitoring is done by General Electric, Power Logic, and Eaton pulse output mounted electric meters. Also a combination of PT’s power transformers, CT’s current transformers send a calculated signal of electrical consumption. All pulse output signals for the above equipment are sent to the timeframe data logger every hour. The system is versatile enough for us to retrieve one hour of data and up to three years of data to analyze.

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

The university has an Energy Star rated appliance purchasing policy that requires all departments to purchase energy star rated appliances when an energy star model is available.

A brief description of any energy-efficient landscape design initiatives employed by the institution:

A brief description of any vending machine sensors, lightless machines, or LED-lit machines employed by the institution:

The Pepsi vending machines located on campus are equipped with Vendmisers, which limit the energy consumption of the soda vending machines on campus. Utilizing a Passive Infrared (PIR) Sensor, VendingMiser powers down the soft drink vending machine when the area surrounding it is vacant, while maintaining the temperature of the beverages.

A brief description of other energy conservation and efficiency initiatives employed by the institution:

Energy efficiency retrofit projects have been grouped together by project type and include the following: (1) lighting upgrades, (2) air handling unit replacements, (3) building automation systems, (4) other mechanical improvements, (5) roof replacements, (6) window replacements, (7) vehicle upgrades and (8) utility upgrades. In 2014, the university completed a Utility Master Plan that identified energy conservation strategies aimed at meeting a 25% energy reduction goal. The ECMs include (1) the reduction of outside air during non-occupancy, (2) adding carbon dioxide sensors, (3) continuous automated commissioning, (4) pipe insulation, (5) air side energy recovery, (6) interior lighting upgrades, (7) HVAC upgrades, and (8) metering. These projects will be tracked by the building and project type when completed. Example energy efficiency and energy conservation projects include:

-Installation of new windows for increased energy performance at Anderson Hall, Gladfelter Hall and Engineering; and,
- Completion of the Utility Master Plan, which identifies energy conservation strategies and large scale efficiency projects;
-Installation of a 4,500 SF, 63-kilowatt solar array on the south-facing roof of Temple’s
Edberg-Olson Hall.

The website URL where information about the institution’s energy conservation and efficiency initiatives is available:

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