Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 42.13
Liaison Eva Rocke
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Montana
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.75 / 6.00 Madeleine Jones
ASUM Sustainability Coordinator
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 105,616 MMBtu 119,253 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site renewables 46 MMBtu 0 MMBtu
District steam/hot water (sourced from offsite) 0 MMBtu 55 MMBtu
Energy from all other sources (e.g., natural gas, fuel oil, propane/LPG, district chilled water, coal/coke, biomass) 225,784 MMBtu
+ Date Revised: March 1, 2019
311,015 MMBtu
+ Date Revised: March 1, 2019
Total 331,446 MMBtu 430,323 MMBtu

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2016 Dec. 31, 2016
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2006 Dec. 31, 2006

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):

UM has consistently been recording and monitoring its energy consumption since 2011 when we hired an energy manager to work alongside our other facilities engineers and track all of our building performance and utilities. The position has been found to pay for itself beyond what we anticipated and our emissions footprint has been reduced as a bonus. There is no specific document or policy that inspired this tracking and record-keeping, but tracking our natural gas and electricity consumption is standard practice now.

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 4,630,297 Gross Square Feet 3,012,410 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 0.14 MMBtu / GSF
Source energy 0.12 MMBtu / GSF 0.23 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 6,944 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 287 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 502,567 Square Feet
Healthcare space 62,964 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
5,761,359 Gross Square Feet

Building energy consumption (site energy) per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area per degree day, performance year:
7.96 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):

The Office of Sustainability and the ASUM Sustainability Center have identified several strategies to encourage energy conservation among campus users. Each spring, the Eco Reps coordinate a residence hall energy savings competition to raise awareness among students living in the dorms. Last year, our first Green Office team developed outreach materials for its members to distribute around the office that addressed lights, indoor temperatures, recycling, transportation, and other sustainability opportunities. Finally, and perhaps most important, as we have constructed LEED Gold facilities around campus, in partnership with our LEED consultants, campus architects, and other facilities professionals, we have offered occupant trainings to all occupants of new LEED buildings. During these sessions, the LEED professionals identify building design features, the tech staff explain building performance and adjustments, and occupants have a chance to ask questions about their building. We have had great success with these trainings as we've worked to educate staff on building performance for maximum efficiency.

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

Ambient building temperatures are modulated by a programmable computer system which is set to reduce heating temperatures and raise cooling temperatures during unoccupied hours.

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

LED lights are used to illuminate portions of Building 25, a warehouse facility located on the east side of Main Campus near Facility Services.

A brief description of passive solar heating, geothermal systems, and related strategies employed by the institution:

Several of our newer buildings utilize ground source heating and cooling systems, including the Davidson Honors College and the Payne Native American Center. More of these geothermal systems continue to be added across campus to save energy and reduce heating and cooling costs to the institution.

A brief description of co-generation employed by the institution, e.g. combined heat and power (CHP):

The co-generation system was implemented in 2005 and is composed of a 440kW steam powered turbine, which runs off waste steam from a natural gas fired boiler system.

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):

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

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