Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.46
Liaison Fortino Morales
Submission Date April 21, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of California, Riverside
OP-8: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.55 / 6.00 John Cook
Director of Sustainability
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Total building energy consumption, all sources (transportation fuels excluded):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total building energy consumption 782,673.81 MMBtu 863,002 MMBtu

Purchased electricity and steam:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 408,951.87 MMBtu 428,726 MMBtu
District steam/hot water 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 7,273,618.34 Gross square feet 5,787,773 Gross square feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year::
Floor Area
Laboratory space 541,507.70 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 1,097
Cooling degree days 2,237

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 Jan. 1, 2015 Dec. 31, 2015
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2009 Dec. 31, 2009

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

2009 is the earliest date where UCR has solid, defendable data for energy consumption. A new Energy data collector has been adopted for use by the University of California, EnergyCap, UCR has verified its utility data back to 2009 for inclusion.

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

Centrally controlled DDC EMS

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

Our first LEED Certified building, the School of Medicine Research Building uses LEDs for stairwell lighting. LED retrofits have taken place in theaters, parking lots, growth chambers, outdoor site lighting and indoor overhead fixtures. The Culver Art Center and the California Museum of Photography, both part of UCR ArtsBlock, are replacing all gallery and archival lighting with high efficient LED lamps. UCR is preparing to retrofit the majority of lighting on campus with LEDs.

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

UCR uses motion sensors in all of its new construction and renovations. Light sensors are also being utilized in some outdoor lighting applications and for solar shades.

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

UCR has solar thermal heating units on five of its newest on-campus residential halls.

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:

UCR's Energy manager has completed three no cost MBx saving approximately 50% of energy consumption from electricity, chilled water and steam.

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

Three DDC EMS systems are operated on campus controlling all HVAC functions in our buildings as well as our central steam and chilled water plants. UCR is metering two wet laboratories at the plug load level and two wet labs at the electrical panel level.

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

UCR has a policy that any replacement or new purchase of appliances must be Energy Star rated if available. We have replace some large chillers for apartment buildings during the last two years.

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

UCR plants shade trees in all open parking lots.

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

All vending machines on the campus are fitted with energy-miser sensors.

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

UCR is in the process of retrofitting existing fixtures and lamps with LED lights for interior and exterior lighting.

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