Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.36
Liaison Matthew Williams
Submission Date Dec. 4, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Florida
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.86 / 6.00 Corey Farmer
Program Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 1,567,445.60 MMBtu 1,530,287 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site renewables 1,239.20 MMBtu 577 MMBtu
District steam/hot water (sourced from offsite) 866,016.90 MMBtu 879,448 MMBtu
Energy from all other sources (e.g., natural gas, fuel oil, propane/LPG, district chilled water, coal/coke, biomass) 224,136.40 MMBtu 257,731.40 MMBtu
Total 2,658,838.10 MMBtu 2,668,043.40 MMBtu

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2017 June 30, 2018
Baseline Year July 1, 2012 June 30, 2013

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):
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Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 16,706,402.56 Gross Square Feet 16,008,254.43 Gross Square Feet

Source-site ratio for grid-purchased electricity:
3.14

Total building energy consumption per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Site energy 0.16 MMBtu / GSF 0.17 MMBtu / GSF
Source energy 0.37 MMBtu / GSF 0.38 MMBtu / GSF

Percentage reduction in total building energy consumption (source energy) per unit of floor area from baseline:
3.12

Degree days, performance year (base 65 °F / 18 °C):
Degree days (see help icon above)
Heating degree days 1,443 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 2,710 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 1,067,963 Square Feet
Healthcare space 394,904.36 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
19,784,431.17 Gross Square Feet

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

Documentation (e.g. spreadsheet or utility records) 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 (e.g. outreach and education efforts):

The mission of the Green Recognition of Offices and Workspaces (GROW) at the University of Florida is to encourage and promote sustainable practices among university faculty and staff. The program supports and promotes offices that are taking steps toward reducing their environmental footprint.


A brief description of energy use standards and controls employed by the institution (e.g. building temperature standards, occupancy and vacancy sensors):

Building automation systems allow UF to control temperatures and air handler operation in buildings based on timers. Initiatives are in place to setback buildings when possible over nights, weekends, and holiday breaks.


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

LED lighting is considered, when appropriate, for all new construction projects.

LED retrofitting is happening around campus as we do lighting audits and determine the locations that will get the best ROI.


A brief description of passive solar heating, geothermal systems, and related strategies employed by the institution:
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A brief description of co-generation employed by the institution, e.g. combined heat and power (CHP):

The co-generation plant located on the campus provides all of the steam for heating needs, around 200,000 lbs/hr. Duke Energy operates this facility and the electricity goes back to the grid. UF purchases electricity from the grid, with the Duke Energy fuel mix, of which the co-generation plant is a small part.


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):

LED retrofitting is happening around campus as we do lighting audits and determine the locations that will get the best ROI.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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