Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.86
Liaison Nadia Harduar
Submission Date June 19, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Ontario Institute of Technology
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.85 / 6.00 Nadia Harduar
Asset and Sustainability Planner
Office of Campus Infrastructure and Sustainability
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 85,013 MMBtu 99,360.05 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site renewables 896.69 MMBtu 0 MMBtu
District steam/hot water (sourced from offsite) 1,249.50 MMBtu 985 MMBtu
Energy from all other sources (e.g., natural gas, fuel oil, propane/LPG, district chilled water, coal/coke, biomass) 49,694.46 MMBtu 44,389.53 MMBtu
Total 136,853.65 MMBtu 144,734.58 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, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012

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):

Baseline was adopted in line with Ministry of Energy mandated Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan (2014-2019) development and was the same baseline used in the campus' 2016 STARS report.

During the baseline year there was no solar generation on site.

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 116,667.40 Gross Square Metres 108,789.40 Gross Square Metres

Source-site ratio for grid-purchased electricity:

Total building energy consumption per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Site energy 0.11 MMBtu / GSM 0.12 MMBtu / GSM
Source energy 0.18 MMBtu / GSM 0.21 MMBtu / GSM

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 3,748 Degree-Days (°C)
Cooling degree days 346 Degree-Days (°C)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 51,395.74 Square Metres
Healthcare space 0 Square Metres
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
2,397,092.71 Gross Square Metres

Building energy consumption (site energy) per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area per degree day, performance year:
7.75 Btu / GSM / Degree-Day (°C)

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 university conducts a variety of initiatives to shift individual attitudes: some initiatives include monthly outreach booths on sustainable best practices (lights out when you leave, unplug electronics, layer up before you raise thermostat, etc); host workshops for staff and students along with tours of energy-efficient technologies around campus. https://sites.uoit.ca/gogreen/initiatives/guide-to-going-green/index.php

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

Aim to exceed ASHRAE energy standards and build to LEED silver standards.

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

100% incandescent bulb phased out to LED; implementing LED-only standard. Currently replaced fixtures and bulbs to LEDs in a variety of buildings on campus -UA West, St Gregory's Day Care, DTA, DTB, the tunnel, and ACE/ENG mechanical rooms (with occupancy sensors) and Pot lights in UA East, UB, LIB. The newest building, SIRC was designed with LED lighting throughout and has occupancy sensors and day light harvesting in the building.

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

Heat Mirror windows with a center of glass thermal resistance matching that of 25mm of polystyrene. Windows are super high efficiency, with special thermal properties to maximize the use of passive solar heat metal oxide-coated window glazing that blocks 99.5% of UV rays.

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

Cogeneration Plant
A ground source heat exchanger is used as the primary source for heating and cooling at the central plant. Thermal energy produced at the plant is used to heat existing and new buildings on the Durham College and Ontario Tech campus, while electricity produced is used to displace electrical load from the provincial supply grid.

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):

Retrofitting lights in classrooms, labs, mechanical rooms to LED and installing occupancy sensors/day light harvesting. Installing numerous Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs); new Demand Control Kitchen ventilation (DCKV) system in the CIC building, building panel and control upgrades, new energy-efficient boilers at St. Gregory's Daycare, new heat pump, etc.

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

Performance year:
Electricity Purchased: 24934107.8kwh
On-site renewables: 180kw Solar system;180kw *4hrs/day * 365days= 262800kwh = 896.69mmbtu

District heat: 1,318.32 GJ to 1249.5 MMBtu

Natural Gas: 1,407775cubic meters =49694.46 MMBtu

Baseline year:
electricity: 29119911kwh = 99360.05MMBtu
natural gas: 1257493.65cubic meters= 44389.53MMBtu

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