Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.49
Liaison Cody Friend
Submission Date Feb. 13, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Nebraska at Omaha
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.84 / 6.00 Sarah Burke
Sustainability Coordinator
Student Affairs
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 176,930 MMBtu 151,316 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) 180,269 MMBtu 175,089.03 MMBtu
Total 357,199 MMBtu 326,405.03 MMBtu

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2015 June 30, 2016
Baseline Year July 1, 2008 June 30, 2011

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):

Energy consumption baseline was taken from FY09-11. These years were chosen to give us a solid historical representation of average use.

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 4,126,579 Gross square feet 2,985,756 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 0.09 MMBtu per square foot 0.11 MMBtu per square foot
Source energy 0.18 MMBtu per square foot 0.22 MMBtu per square foot

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 4,927 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 1,408 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 211,191 Square feet
Healthcare space 0 Square feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
5,001,760 Gross square feet

Building energy consumption (site energy) per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area per degree day, performance year:
11.27 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 Sustainability website provides some tips in regards to energy efficiency and conservation.

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

UNO Facilities:
A building temperature policy was adopted in May 2009 to conserve energy and make best use of our resources. Occupancy sensors have been installed in all new construction and major renovations in the last 10 years or so. All but two buildings have lighting retrofits and lighting control systems in place. This includes timers, daylight harvesting, and occupancy sensors. Energy metering (electricity, gas, chilled water, and steam) was installed in all major buildings to monitor UNO's energy use. Unfortunately, many of these early meters failed. The early meters have been replaced with new technology and more reliable readings of energy use information for all major buildings. Vending machines have been slowly replaced by ones with motion sensors, lightless models, or LED-lit machines. This was largely done because other users demanded it and vendors made large-scale changes in machine selection.

Baxter Arena:
The temperature of the hot water that is used to heat the building is based on the outside air temperature...the colder it is, the hotter the water gets. Rather than allowing individuals to set their office, locker room, or space temperatures, they control it through their computer-based building controls in the ice plant. This computer allows them to schedule event temperatures and humidity levels in advance and once the event is over it reverts back to their low occupancy set points automatically. As for exterior lighting, photocells monitor light levels, and as needed, release lighting contactors to turn on or off the lights.

UNO Housing:
Maverick Village's thermostats are locked at 65-75 degrees. Interior lights of University Village and Maverick Village clubhouses are on motion sensors.

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

UNO Facilities:
LEDs have been installed in most of the major buildings on campus, to replace incandescent and fluorescent tubes. LED lighting has been used in classrooms and public access areas. LEDs have replaced HIDs in the parking structures, parking lots, and public sidewalks.

Baxter Arena:
All lights are controlled by computer and tablets. The main ice rink, community ice rink, and building exterior lighting are controlled by timers.

UNO Housing:
All interior fixtures at Maverick and University Village are LED. All exterior fixtures at University Village are LED.

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

The Barn at Glacier Creek Preserve uses geothermal heating and cooling. (This is not individually metered, so we are unable to report any values)


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):

UNO Facilities:
This is an ongoing effort, driven by Facilities Management & Planning and encouraged by Procurement. New construction and renovations will incorporate lighting control systems to provide daylight harvesting, two level lighting in offices, vacancy sensors in common areas such as classrooms and conference rooms. It is a practice not a policy to replace appliances, equipment, and systems with energy-efficient alternatives.

UNO Housing:
First appliances are not slated for replacement until Summer 2018 and will take several years. Replacement products have not yet been identified.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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