Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.50
Liaison Amy Kadrie
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Rochester
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.60 / 6.00 Richard Stein
Assistant Director
Facilities Operations
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 545,806 MMBtu 562,052 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) 2,650,843 MMBtu 2,531,962 MMBtu
Total 3,196,649 MMBtu 3,094,014 MMBtu

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2017 June 30, 2018
Baseline Year July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015

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 12,799,696 Gross Square Feet 11,236,261 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 0.25 MMBtu / GSF 0.28 MMBtu / GSF
Source energy 0.34 MMBtu / GSF 0.38 MMBtu / GSF

Percentage reduction in total building energy consumption (source energy) per unit of floor area from baseline:
10.83

Degree days, performance year (base 65 °F / 18 °C):
Degree days (see help icon above)
Heating degree days 6,270 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 667 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 937,736 Square Feet
Healthcare space 1,190,316 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
17,055,800 Gross Square Feet

Building energy consumption (site energy) per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area per degree day, performance year:
27.02 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):

Facilities groups working with student groups and consultants with regard to building tours and central plant education.


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

Built into our BAS is the ability to control HVAC units for temperature control on multiple efficiency control levels with setbacks, occupancy control, CO2 monitoring, start/stop optimization, and pressure loop control. These effectively control temperature and airflow to the spaces according to program needs.


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

LED lighting continuing to be installed with renovation projects and all new building construction. Continued replacement of existing lights in stairwells and parking lots.


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):

The University of Rochester employs "cogeneration"— simultaneously producing the electricity and steam used to heat and cool River Campus and Medical Center buildings, and using no more fuel than if only steam was produced. The plant will produce more than half of the annual electric requirement of the River Campus and Medical Center while lowering air emissions from the local electric utility that are directly attributable to University energy needs.


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):

Working on a retro-commissioning project for current building renovations. Replacing outdated steam systems with HW fed from Cogen system for better perfomance and efficiency.


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