Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.04
Liaison Troy Goodnough
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Minnesota, Morris
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.74 / 6.00 Troy Goodnough
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 10,881 MMBtu 26,799 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site renewables 16,800 MMBtu 7,089 MMBtu
District steam/hot water (sourced from offsite) 106,520 MMBtu 94,238 MMBtu
Energy from all other sources (e.g., natural gas, fuel oil, propane/LPG, district chilled water, coal/coke, biomass) 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu
Total 134,201 MMBtu 128,126 MMBtu

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2005 Dec. 31, 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):
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Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 861,866 Gross Square Feet 961,267 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 0.13 MMBtu / GSF
Source energy 0.21 MMBtu / GSF 0.21 MMBtu / GSF

Percentage reduction in total building energy consumption (source energy) per unit of floor area from baseline:
2.40

Degree days, performance year (base 65 °F / 18 °C):
Degree days (see help icon above)
Heating degree days 8,229 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 415 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 79,500 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
1,072,666 Gross Square Feet

Building energy consumption (site energy) per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area per degree day, performance year:
14.47 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):

Our Invensys Energy Management System controls the heating, air conditioning, air handler & heating pump start/stop sequence in most buildings automatically as outside/inside temperatures and time of day dictate.


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

Lights in the NORTH and WEST parking lots are LEDs and dark-sky compliant.


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):

Our on-site biomass gasification plant is also combined-heat-and-power. The plant can use natural gas or biomass. Using a 300kW back pressure steam turbine, the plant makes the electricity that helps run the plant.


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):
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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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