Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.35
Liaison Suchi Daniels
Submission Date Feb. 19, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of South Florida (Tampa)
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.67 / 6.00 Suchi Urs Daniels, RA, LEED AP BD + C,
Quality Assurance Program Manager/Project Manager
Facilities Planning
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 660,106 MMBtu 605,066 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) 338,150 MMBtu 382,731 MMBtu
Total 998,256 MMBtu 987,797 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, 2007 June 30, 2008

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):

The USF University President signed the Climate Commitment through ACUPCC making FY 07-08 the baseline year.

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 10,127,650 Gross Square Feet 4,680,831 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 / GSF 0.21 MMBtu / GSF
Source energy 0.24 MMBtu / GSF 0.49 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 164 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 4,448 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 2,191,137 Square Feet
Healthcare space 436,344 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
16,798,475 Gross Square Feet

Building energy consumption (site energy) per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area per degree day, performance year:
12.88 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 Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition (TBCCC), a partnership between the University of South Florida, the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County and TECO Energy, celebrated receiving official designation as a “Clean Cities Coalition” by the U.S. Department of Energy during a Nov. 17 ceremony.

The TBCCC joins more than 100 Clean Cities Coalitions nationally who have earned the designation from the U.S. Department of Energy. The Clean Cities program is designed to advance the nation's economic, environmental and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum use in transportation. Since its inception in 1993, it’s estimated that the program has saved nearly 6.5 billion gallons of petroleum.

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

All new buildings have night setback and/or occupied/unoccupied control. Most buildings are also closed for usage outside of normal operating hours of offices and
classes to reduce energy consumption. USF uses building automation controls to schedule building HVAC system i.e. BSN is an example of a building which is
controlled on a schedule depending on occupancy. The Environmental group receives a weekly schedule from the building scheduling department. Once they
have the schedule, they program each building accordingly. The system is accessed through a server. The system is also accessible through the web on a secure

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

Through the student green energy fund and funds from USF administration, USF has replaced incandescent lights with LED lighting in parking garages, parking lots, art museum and several other locations, The student green energy fund alone has spent an additional $891,920 this year on new lighting projects: http://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/green-energy-fund/projects-in-progress/index.aspx

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

Thermal water heating at the Patel Center of Global Sustainability. The $90,000 thermal energy storage system is expected to produce about 90,000 kWh per year, which represents an annual reduction of 63 metric tons of CO2 emissions and cost savings of about $8000 per year on USF’s electric bill, for a payback period of 11.2 years.


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

USF has invested into very energy efficient central chilled water and hot water systems to serve the campus. As such, the A/E shall utilize the Central Campus Chilled Water and Hot Water Systems as a basis for the project HVAC design. Other system types including direct expansion (DX) are not allowed unless an exception is requested and approved by FP&C and PPD. In order to obtain approval, the request shall be accompanied by a Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) building energy calculations showing the life cycle cost benefit to USF for the requested substitution. Refer to the Article 3 (Technical Applications), USF Professional Services Guideline (PSG) for the substitution request and submission requirements.

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 new renovation projects are required to replace existing fluorescent lighting with LED, including new LED Exit lighting fixtures All new renovation project are
required to assess the operations of existing mechanical systems ( minimum Cx) and update as necessary. For example, T & B, operation of dampers, and updating
of controls from pneumatic to DDC. Departments are encouraged to purchase energy star appliances. Replacement or retrofit of existing HVAC equipment include
the addition of energy recovery systems and conversion from constant to variable frequency systems. Existing drinking fountains are replaced with energy efficient
high-low fountains with bottle fillers.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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