Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.64
Liaison Rob Andrejewski
Submission Date March 1, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Richmond
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.81 / 6.00 George Souleret
University Engineer
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 142,822.29 MMBtu 135,626.80 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site renewables 966.96 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) 140,002.24 MMBtu 241,592.27 MMBtu
Total 283,791.49 MMBtu 377,219.07 MMBtu

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017
Baseline Year July 1, 2008 June 30, 2009

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):

2009 is the baseline year for our Climate Action Plan.

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 2,783,426 Gross square feet 2,370,813 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 0.10 MMBtu per square foot 0.16 MMBtu per square foot
Source energy 0.21 MMBtu per square foot 0.28 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 3,363 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 1,184 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 182,624 Square feet
Healthcare space 2,574 Square feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
3,182,027 Gross square feet

Building energy consumption (site energy) per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area per degree day, performance year:
19.61 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 University has Be A Green Spider page for energy to encourage conservation and education: https://sustainability.richmond.edu/involved/greenspider/energy.html

Energy efficiency education is part of introduction to sustainability for students and staff.

There is an energy team currently working on an Energy Conservation Management Program at the University.

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

A campus-wide building automation system (BAS) that is centrally controlled, monitors and adjusts space temperature according to occupancy schedules.

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

LED replacements of lighting is standard for all building retrofits and upgrades. Recessed canned fixtures and track lighting are used in various public spaces on campus, and all new residential buildings and renovations.

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

Buildings are designed to incorporate passive solar heating whenever possible.

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):

All outdated or inefficient equipment is being phased out with a Facilities Condition Assessment plan. The FCA is being updated in 2019.

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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