Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.45
Liaison Bambi Ingram
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Alabama at Birmingham
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 6.00 Julie Price
Sustainability Coordinator
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 1,276,760 MMBtu 1,273,423 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site renewables 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu
District steam/hot water (sourced from offsite) 0 MMBtu 305,992 MMBtu
Energy from all other sources (e.g., natural gas, fuel oil, propane/LPG, district chilled water, coal/coke, biomass) 1,260,614 MMBtu 709,720 MMBtu
Total 2,537,374 MMBtu 2,289,135 MMBtu

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Oct. 1, 2017 Sept. 30, 2018
Baseline Year Oct. 1, 2010 Sept. 30, 2011

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):
UAB's Energy Mgmt Department expanded in FY 2010-2011 to include additional staff and funding for energy efficiency projects, energy conservation projects, a comprehensive energy plan, etc. We still compare every year to 2010-2011. We purchased externally sourced steam in the baseline year because we did not yet have an on-site steam plant.

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 15,430,003 Gross square feet 14,522,174 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 0.16 MMBtu per square foot 0.16 MMBtu per square foot
Source energy 0.34 MMBtu per square foot 0.35 MMBtu per square foot

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 2,519 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 2,347 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 1,744,645 Square feet
Healthcare space 4,158,069 Square feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
27,638,795 Gross square feet

Building energy consumption (site energy) per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area per degree day, performance year:
18.87 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):
UAB Energy Management and UAB Sustainability regularly publish articles in the university/hospital newsletters, been guest speakers during classes, mentored senior design projects, hired interns for energy management projects, and been on local/national news.

A brief description of energy use standards and controls employed by the institution (e.g. building temperature standards, occupancy and vacancy sensors):
UAB uses standard building automation systems to employ holiday temperature setbacks, nightly setbacks, summer temperature standards of 85 degrees unoccupied and 74 degrees occupied, winter temperature standards of 55 degrees unoccupied and 68 degrees occupied. UAB also uses lighting occupancy sensors in offices, classrooms, common areas, and hallways.

A brief description of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting and other energy-efficient lighting strategies employed by the institution:
As funding and time permits, UAB is replacing all standard fluorescent lighting with LED in all buildings, and LED lighting is standard for all new construction and renovation.

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

A brief description of co-generation employed by the institution, e.g. combined heat and power (CHP):
UAB cannot utilize co-generation because our local utility policy prohibits us from distributing on-site generated electricity across the street.

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):
UAB has retro-commission several buildings in order to make the buildings more efficient and increase occupant comfort. UAB also continually completes energy efficiency projects that include lighting control upgrades, new control valves, new ultra-low temp freezers for research, HVAc equipment, autoclaves, fume hood controls, high efficiency filters, and chiller/boiler upgrades.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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