Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.77
Liaison Teddy Lhoutellier
Submission Date May 15, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Miami
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.89 / 6.00 Teddy Lhoutellier
Sustainability Manager
Environmental Health and Safety
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 522,884.96 MMBtu 530,598.94 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site renewables 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu
District steam/hot water (sourced from offsite) 0 MMBtu
+ Date Revised: Aug. 22, 2018
0 MMBtu
+ Date Revised: Aug. 22, 2018
Energy from all other sources (e.g., natural gas, fuel oil, propane/LPG, district chilled water, coal/coke, biomass) 197,104.58 MMBtu 171,638.97 MMBtu
Total 719,989.54 MMBtu 702,237.91 MMBtu

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year June 1, 2014 May 31, 2015
Baseline Year June 1, 2012 May 31, 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):

FY13 is the start date of our most recent update for the GHG inventory to ACUPCC/2nd Nature.

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 9,605,970 Gross Square Feet 9,271,568 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 0.07 MMBtu / GSF 0.08 MMBtu / GSF
Source energy 0.19 MMBtu / GSF 0.20 MMBtu / GSF

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 76 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 4,985.50 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 510,033 Square Feet
Healthcare space 93,974 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
11,225,777 Gross Square Feet

Building energy consumption (site energy) per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area per degree day, performance year:
12.67 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):

In 2013, the University, through its Office of Sustainability, in partnership with Facilities Management launched a U Conserve Campaign to modify behavior in regards to Energy use:

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

The following is a list of energy conservation initiatives and best practices implemented by the Energy Management Department:

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

A Phase out mandate for all lighting features to LED has been in place since 2014.
University of Miami had already joined the Cree LED University™ Program in 2009.

Electrical consumption reduction has been the main focus over the past 5 years. Significant energy conservation improvements and activities during this period have included:

- Interior Lighting retrofit from T12 to T8 lamps with electronic ballast.
- Exterior LED and CFL lighting retrofits reducing wattage.
- Occupancy sensors in all buildings.

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):

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):

Here are some of the retrofits implemented for energy efficiency:
- BACnet EMS installation.
- Utility Plants upgrade of chiller to High performance energy efficient units to address additional load.
- High Efficiency Motor replacements.
- Construction of new LEED Buildings.
- Improved management of our Utility Plants CHW loop control strategies and set points to reduce the cost of Chilled Water production.
- Refrigerants upgrades to improve our chilled water loop system performance.

- Campus wide efficiency setback of thermostats during campus break.
- Establishment of a campus Wide Set point of 74 Deg (+/- 1.5)
- On-going routine and preventive maintenance of building mechanical systems equipment to maximize their efficiency.
- Energy Audits: FPL in 2011 found the campus to be advanced in energy saving activities and improvements

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

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