Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 32.05
Liaison Gary Cocke
Submission Date June 13, 2016
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The University of Texas at Dallas
OP-8: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 6.00 Thea Junt
Energy Conservation and Sustainability Manager
Facilities Management
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Total building energy consumption, all sources (transportation fuels excluded):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total building energy consumption 657,187 MMBtu 281,997 MMBtu

Purchased electricity and steam:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 326,327 MMBtu 137,992 MMBtu
District steam/hot water 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 3,978,128 Gross Square Feet 1,591,976 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year::
Floor Area
Laboratory space 986,858 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

Degree days, performance year (base 65 °F)::
Degree days (see help icon above)
Heating degree days 2,477
Cooling degree days 3,079

Source-site ratios::
Source-Site Ratio (see help icon above)
Grid-purchased electricity 3.14
District steam/hot water 1.20

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods)::
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Sept. 1, 2014 Aug. 31, 2015
Baseline Year Sept. 1, 2000 Aug. 31, 2001

A brief description of when and why the building energy consumption baseline was adopted:

Before a big building boom on-campus, the new construction has been more efficient. Older construction, as a baseline has allowed us to focus on retrofit opportunities. Also, the baseline was selected because there was complete data from the projects of that time period.

A brief description of any building temperature standards employed by the institution:

Summer – 74 Degrees
Winter – 72 Degrees

This is used as a construction standard for all new buildings at UT Dallas. With these standards, it keeps people comfortable without taxing the system. This has been adopted by Facilities Management and implemented through EMS (Utilities).

A brief description of any light emitting diode (LED) lighting employed by the institution:

UT Dallas is committed to energy conservation and transitioning away from high energy use lighting. LED light integration throughout the university is incrementally taking place. The Research and Operations Center West and Bioengineering Science Building are LED only buildings.

Retrofits use LED’s where applicable. The construction standards require LED’s for exterior lighting.

A brief description of any occupancy and/or vacancy sensors employed by the institution:

Occupancy and vacancy sensors have been made a standard on all newly constructed building projects. New construction and remodels meet today’s applicable energy codes which require occupancy and vacancy sensors.

A brief description of any passive solar heating employed by the institution:

The LEED Platinum Student Service Building utilizes a solar thermal hot water system.

A brief description of any ground-source heat pumps employed by the institution:

A brief description of any cogeneration technologies employed by the institution:

UT Dallas utilizes a 3.5 kw co-generation plant for planned power outages. Other than for planned and/or unplanned outages, the plant is not in daily operation.

A brief description of any building recommissioning or retrofit program employed by the institution:

Lighting retrofits are incrementally taking place; however, there is no formal program. Building upgrades to constant volume HVAC systems are taking place to convert buildings to VAV with VFD. This will save a lot of energy, however, this is very expensive and disruptive.

A brief description of any energy metering and management systems employed by the institution:

UT Dallas has an electricity monitoring system on 75% of campus buildings. Monitoring chilled water and steam on all buildings which use these resources is within our capability.

A brief description of the institution's program to replace energy-consuming appliances, equipment and systems with high efficiency alternatives:

UT Dallas has 3-5 capital projects per year upgrading systems to more efficient alternatives. These projects are implemented by FM, though, there is no formal program.

A brief description of any energy-efficient landscape design initiatives employed by the institution:

There have been tremendous changes regarding our campus landscaping. This includes numerous shade trees that were included in a $50 million campus landscape enhancement project.

A brief description of any vending machine sensors, lightless machines, or LED-lit machines employed by the institution:

A brief description of other energy conservation and efficiency initiatives employed by the institution:

UT Dallas participates in Oncor’s Energy Efficiency Incentive program; an internal energy revolving fund helps fund on-campus energy initiatives.

The website URL where information about the institution’s energy conservation and efficiency initiatives is available:

The building energy consumption and gross floor square footage does not include on-campus apartments. Students in the apartments are responsible for their own utility charges through retail providers.

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