Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.17
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date May 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Victoria
OP-5: Building Energy Efficiency

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.08 / 6.00 David Adams
Energy Manager
Facilities Management
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Electricity use, performance year (report kilowatt-hours):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity 49,611,157 Kilowatt-hours 169,273.27 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, non-combustion facilities/devices (e.g., renewable energy systems) 0 Kilowatt-hours 0 MMBtu

Stationary fuels and thermal energy, performance year (report MMBtu):
MMBtu
Stationary fuels used on-site to generate electricity and/or thermal energy 186,444.60 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water 0 MMBtu

Total site energy consumption, performance year:
355,717.87 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
4,289,115.70 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 39,889.28 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 13,121.86 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
4,382,016.12 Gross Square Feet

Degree days, performance year:
Degree days
Heating degree days 5,406 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 164 Degree-Days (°F)

Total degree days, performance year:
5,570 Degree-Days (°F)

Start and end dates of the performance year (or 3-year period):
Start date End date
Performance period Jan. 1, 2019 Dec. 31, 2019

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

Electricity use, baseline year (report kWh):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity 55,071,864.01 Kilowatt-hours 187,905.20 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 227,302 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water 0 MMBtu

Total site energy consumption, baseline year:
415,207.20 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space, baseline year:
3,700,741.85 Gross Square Feet

Start and end dates of the baseline year (or 3-year period):
Start date End date
Baseline period Jan. 1, 2010 Dec. 31, 2010

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

N/A


Source-site ratio for imported electricity:
2

Total energy consumption per unit of floor area:
Site energy Source energy
Performance year 0.08 MMBtu / GSF 0.12 MMBtu / GSF
Baseline year 0.11 MMBtu / GSF 0.16 MMBtu / GSF

Percentage reduction in total source energy consumption per unit of floor area from baseline:
24.89

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:

UVic conducts many sustainability campaigns throughout the year targeted at shifting attitudes of and practices by the campus community towards a more sustainable way of living. The most recent example of such an initiative aimed at improving energy efficiency was the Holiday Shutdown Campaign at the end of 2019. Sponsored by the BC Hydro Energy Wise Network, the campaign was carried out by the Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability (OCPS) in collaboration with the Staff Sustainability Network. The goal of the campaign was to reduce electrical energy consumption in offices over the holiday break by turning off and/or unplugging personal office electronics. The campaign was successful as an additional calculated estimate of 4,055 kWh of electrical energy was saved. An evaluation of the pilot program was conducted and a report provided to the project sponsor (BC Hydro).


A brief description of energy use standards and controls employed by the institution:

Temperature control in all major buildings on UVic's campus is performed by a Building Automation control system. Direct Digital Control systems are computer managed microprocessor HVAC and lighting control systems. These systems are capable of operating with a numerous input and output signals which work off of a number of variables which includes sophisticated time scheduling.


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

In the recent past, many buildings on campus have had old indoor fluorescent tube lights replaced with 25 watt T8 fluorescent lamps, which are much more energy efficient. LED retrofits are rapidly become the standard at UVic. LED lighting is being used in the underground parkade, Campus Bike Centre in the University Centre Building, and the new Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities. In 2018, UVic continued this trend by retrofitting the UVic exterior walkway to LED lighting.


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

Centre for Athletic, Recreation, and Special Abilities (CARSA) opened in May 2015. The facility was built to the LEED Gold Standard and includes a geo-thermal heat exchange system. The geo-thermal technology is able to use the ground as a thermal battery, dumping heat from the building in the summer and extracting heat from the ground in the winter months. The geothermal system helped reduce the carbon footprint by offsetting the need for natural gas to heat the facility.


A brief description of co-generation employed by the institution:

None.


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

In the past, UVic has worked with its electricity provider (BC Hydro) and consultants to conduct a comprehensive review of energy efficiency in 19 of the university’s largest campus buildings (those over 50,000 sqft). The focus was on low cost operational improvements to the building HVAC and lighting control systems. The program allows for a re-commissioning of buildings coupled with a detailed energy audit, sub meter monitoring/archiving and software data base analysis. The first phase, consisting of 9 buildings, was completed by early 2013, with phase 2 completed in 2015, and phases 3-5 completed from 2017-2019. UVic is currently working through phase 6 of this plan, and is scheduled to complete phases 6-10 by 2024.


Website URL where information about the institution’s energy conservation and efficiency program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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UVic continues to improve energy efficiency across campus through a number of important factors including:

- The hiring of a full time Energy Manager and Energy Specialist to focus on energy efficiency and water conservation
- Installation of real time energy sub-metering in the majority of buildings
- Lighting system upgrades in six of our largest buildings
- Fine tuning of heating, cooling, HVAC systems and lighting control systems in our largest buildings
- Sustainability Action Team programs
- Creation of Campus Integrated Energy Master Plan; presently planning a Carbon Reduction Plan (new EMP)
- The hiring of a building automation specialist

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