Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.18
Liaison Suzanne Wood
Submission Date April 3, 2020
Executive Letter Download

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University of Massachusetts Medical School
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.87 / 6.00 Suzanne Wood
Sustainability & Energy Manager
Facilities Managment
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 39,599.21 MMBtu 134,389.54 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site renewables 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu
District steam/hot water (sourced from offsite) 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu
Energy from all other sources (e.g., natural gas, fuel oil, propane/LPG, district chilled water, coal/coke, biomass) 1,567,462.60 MMBtu 1,232,480.60 MMBtu
Total 1,607,061.81 MMBtu 1,366,870.14 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, 2004 June 30, 2005

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):

A baseline year of FY2005 was selected as this is the first year that comprehensive data is available for energy reporting and aligned with previous reporting.


Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 3,178,234 Gross Square Feet 2,186,959 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 0.51 MMBtu / GSF 0.63 MMBtu / GSF
Source energy 0.53 MMBtu / GSF 0.76 MMBtu / GSF

Percentage reduction in total building energy consumption (source energy) per unit of floor area from baseline:
29.64

Degree days, performance year (base 65 °F / 18 °C):
Degree days (see help icon above)
Heating degree days 6,475 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 592 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 1,791,240 Square Feet
Healthcare space 1,297,865 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
9,356,444 Gross Square Feet

Building energy consumption (site energy) per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area per degree day, performance year:
24.30 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):
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A brief description of energy use standards and controls employed by the institution (e.g. building temperature standards, occupancy and vacancy sensors):

Multiple buildings on campus have "occupied" temperature set-points and "unoccupied" temperature set-points. The building's automation systems alter the temperature and ventilation within the building prior to the start of the workday as well as at the conclusion of the work day. Ability for occupant to increase or decrease the temperature in their area is limited by the building management system.


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

LED Lighting is employed in the parking garages, LEED buildings, the Lazare Research Building, Power Plant and all newly renovated spaces.


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 17.5MW combined heat and power plant provides 100% of the steam and chilled water needs to the campus and about 90% of the electricity needs.


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):

UMMS has retro-commissioned several buildings including the Albert Sherman Center, Ambulatory Care Center and the Lazare Research Building. Additionally, UMMS is utilizing IDS, a fault diagnostic software, to identify faults in the HVAC with could impact energy consumption.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Campus dining locations are located in either laboratory or healthcare buildings, to avoid double counting these were not additionally included in "other energy intensive space"

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