Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.70
Liaison Kevin Kirsche
Submission Date June 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Georgia
OP-5: Building Energy Efficiency

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.67 / 6.00 Jason Perry
Sustainability Specialist
Office of Sustainability
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Electricity use, performance year (report kilowatt-hours):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity 291,770,853 Kilowatt-hours 995,522.15 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, non-combustion facilities/devices (e.g., renewable energy systems) 0 Kilowatt-hours 0 MMBtu

Stationary fuels and thermal energy, performance year (report MMBtu):
MMBtu
Stationary fuels used on-site to generate electricity and/or thermal energy 1,021,344.30 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water 0 MMBtu

Total site energy consumption, performance year:
2,016,866.45 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
17,771,146 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 2,123,911 Square Feet
Healthcare space 225,978 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 192,374 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
22,663,298 Gross Square Feet

Degree days, performance year:
Degree days
Heating degree days 2,439 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 2,172 Degree-Days (°F)

Total degree days, performance year:
4,611 Degree-Days (°F)

Start and end dates of the performance year (or 3-year period):
Start date End date
Performance period July 1, 2019 June 30, 2020

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

Electricity use, baseline year (report kWh):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity 290,536,670 Kilowatt-hours 991,311.12 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 1,150,103.19 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water 0 MMBtu

Total site energy consumption, baseline year:
2,141,414.31 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space, baseline year:
14,214,216 Gross Square Feet

Start and end dates of the baseline year (or 3-year period):
Start date End date
Baseline period July 1, 2006 June 30, 2007

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

2007 was the baseline year selected for the Governor's Energy Challenge for all state facilities to use in their energy reporting to the state of Georgia.


Source-site ratio for imported electricity:
3.14

Total energy consumption per unit of floor area:
Site energy Source energy
Performance year 0.11 MMBtu / GSF 0.23 MMBtu / GSF
Baseline year 0.15 MMBtu / GSF 0.30 MMBtu / GSF

Percentage reduction in total source energy consumption per unit of floor area from baseline:
22.18

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

UGA makes extensive use of building automation systems (BAS) to control HVAC systems in its buildings. Strategies for energy conservation using BAS include unoccupied space setbacks, demand control ventilation in auditoriums, and fault detection. Occupancy and vacancy sensors are deployed judiciously to address problem areas such as conference rooms, restrooms, and break rooms.


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

UGA has adopted LED lighting as the preferred technology in its design and construction standards, for both outdoor and indoor lighting. Buildings currently under construction have all LED lighting; some recently completed construction projects have mostly LED lighting.

Facilities Management Division Department of Energy Services has dedicated $200,000 per year to perform LED retrofits in buildings with older fluorescent lighting systems. This has the added benefit of reducing the risk of mercury exposure that comes with handling fluorescent lamps during installation, removal, and disposal.


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

Facilities Management Division Department of Energy Services allocates millions of dollars per year to building retrocommissioning projects and upgrades to major systems such as district chilled water. Currently underway is a project to upgrade controls and chillers on a major chilled water district that serves several science buildings.


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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