Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.71
Liaison Gioia Thompson
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Vermont
OP-5: Building Energy Efficiency

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.94 / 6.00 Gioia Thompson
Sustainability Strategist
UVM Office of Sustainability
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Electricity use, performance year (report kilowatt-hours):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity 57,926,835 Kilowatt-hours 197,646.36 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, non-combustion facilities/devices (e.g., renewable energy systems) 509,000 Kilowatt-hours 1,736.71 MMBtu

Stationary fuels and thermal energy, performance year (report MMBtu):
MMBtu
Stationary fuels used on-site to generate electricity and/or thermal energy 533,123 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water 0 MMBtu

Total site energy consumption, performance year:
732,506.07 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
6,053,508 Gross square feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 430,953 Square feet
Healthcare space 31,666 Square feet
Other energy intensive space 89,146 Square feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
7,067,892 Gross square feet

Degree days, performance year:
Degree days
Heating degree days 6,309 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 765 Degree-Days (°F)

Total degree days, performance year:
7,074 Degree-Days (°F)

Start and end dates of the performance year (or 3-year period):
Start date End date
Performance period July 1, 2021 June 30, 2022

Total site energy consumption per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area per degree day, performance year:
14.65 Btu / GSF / Degree-Day (°F)

Electricity use, baseline year (report kWh):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity 61,177,532 Kilowatt-hours 208,737.74 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, non-combustion facilities/devices (e.g., renewable energy systems) 0 Kilowatt-hours 0 MMBtu

Stationary fuels and thermal energy, baseline year (report MMBtu):
MMBtu
Stationary fuels used on-site to generate electricity and/or thermal energy 638,683 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water 0 MMBtu

Total site energy consumption, baseline year:
847,420.74 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space, baseline year:
5,250,510 Gross square feet

Start and end dates of the baseline year (or 3-year period):
Start date End date
Baseline period July 1, 2006 June 30, 2007

A brief description of when and why the energy consumption baseline was adopted:
beginning of a major campus expansion

Source-site ratio for imported electricity:
3

Total energy consumption per unit of floor area:
Site energy Source energy
Performance year 0.12 MMBtu per square foot 0.19 MMBtu per square foot
Baseline year 0.16 MMBtu per square foot 0.24 MMBtu per square foot

Percentage reduction in total source energy consumption per unit of floor area from baseline:
22.67

Documentation 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:
The President’s Office sends out a campus-wide news email every week; before holiday breaks and during peak power events, the Physical Plant Department sends out alerts and educational announcements about energy efficiency. The Sustainability Certificate for employees includes a Sustainability Ambassadors program. The Office of Sustainability’s monthly newsletter also provides a platform for energy efficiency programs. UVM’s Eco-Reps have undertaken many passion projects about energy.

A brief description of energy use standards and controls employed by the institution:
The Commercial Building Energy Standards (CBES) were enacted into Vermont law in 2006, taking effect January 1, 2007. These serve as the energy code for all commercial buildings and residential buildings 4 stories or greater above grade in Vermont. All design, major renovations, and new construction have fallen under this code. In addition, design criteria and construction guidelines that are required within LEED have been implemented for new construction and major renovation of existing buildings since the baseline year of 2007. Many new complex (“smart”) facilities on campus between base and performance year have deployed lighting controls and HVAC control systems which are monitored through our campus building management system (BMS)

A brief description of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting and other energy-efficient lighting strategies employed by the institution:
Building exit signs, new levels of control, and many lighting upgrades and new installations have occurred between base and performance year. These include upgrades supported by the Sustainable Campus Fund, for efficient library stack lighting, and for campus-wide LED exterior lighting.

A brief description of passive solar heating, geothermal systems, and related strategies employed by the institution:
During a renovation and addition to the LEED Platinum Aiken Center, a south-facing solarium was constructed for passive solar gain.

A brief description of co-generation employed by the institution:
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A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace energy-consuming appliances, equipment, and systems with high efficiency alternatives:
UVM has made energy efficiency an important consideration in creating a "freezer farm" off-campus for long-term storage of research specimens and in managing kitchen upgrades and many other projects. Staff from the local electric and gas utilities work in partnership with UVM staff on energy efficiency upgrades, and they provide both expertise and rebates.

Website URL where information about the institution’s energy conservation and efficiency program is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
UVM operates and maintains a central utility plant that burns natural gas as the primary fuel, with low-sulfur #2 oil as a backup fuel. The plant generates and distributes steam and chilled water to meet the needs of the main campus community for space heating, air conditioning, hot water generation, and scientific research support.

UVM operates and maintains a central utility plant that burns natural gas as the primary fuel, with low-sulfur #2 oil as a backup fuel. The plant generates and distributes steam and chilled water to meet the needs of the main campus community for space heating, air conditioning, hot water generation, and scientific research support.

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