Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.68
Liaison John Gardner
Submission Date May 31, 2016
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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
OP-8: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.51 / 6.00 John Gardner
Sustainability Planning & Policy Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Total building energy consumption, all sources (transportation fuels excluded):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total building energy consumption 860315 MMBtu 944306 MMBtu

Purchased electricity and steam:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 273484 MMBtu 285056 MMBtu
District steam/hot water 32830.91 MMBtu 6080.80 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 7770174 Gross Square Feet 6159081 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year::
Floor Area
Laboratory space 930393 Square Feet
Healthcare space 7165 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

Degree days, performance year (base 65 °F)::
Degree days (see help icon above)
Heating degree days 7198
Cooling degree days 455

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 July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015
Baseline Year July 1, 2007 June 30, 2008

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

The building energy consumption baseline was set at FY2008 because it is the year in which UWM made an official, concerted effort to plan to reduce energy use on campus.


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

Variable air volume boxes and controls have been implemented in several of our buildings. Temperature set points and set backs are regulated by the JCI extended architecture Metasys system.


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

LED Lighting has been utilized in the outdoor space surrounding Sandburg Hall. The canopy is lit with e-conolight Series E-CC 38W LED lights. In addition, cast aluminum exit signs feature LED lights, though do not count toward this credit.


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

The vast majority of the academic buildings on campus are operated by lighting sensors. In recent years, 34% of those sensors were upgraded and we are currently under construction to upgrade all lighting sensors.


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

Geothermal energy is currently being explored at UWM. This may prove to be a viable method for producing heat during Wisconsin's harsh winters. Geothermal power will utilize heat produced by the earth to heat campus facilities, instead of heating the colder outdoor air. The university is constantly pursing alternative energy sources.


A brief description of any cogeneration technologies employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any building recommissioning or retrofit program employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any energy metering and management systems employed by the institution:

The primary energy management system is monitored through the JCI Metasys system in all our buildings. We also have the Lucid Building Dashboard in 18 of our campus buildings and counting.


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

Switchout of personal printers for departmental multi-function copiers is occurring throughout campus.


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

UWM has green roofs on several campus buildings which reduce heat island effect: Cambridge Commons Residence Hall, the main lobby building of Sandburg Residence Hall, the Student Union, Golda Meir Library, School of Freshwater Sciences, and Pangaea Mall near the Lubar School of Business.


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

Through campus wide performance contracting, Vending Misers were implemented throughout. The device detects motion around the vending machine and after an adjustable delay period will power down the vending machine if no motion exists around the machine.


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

Renewable energy systems are at the forefront of making UWM more sustainable; however, it is critical to manage our energy usage to maximize the effectiveness of these investments. As an urban campus, our options lie primarily in solar and geothermal, while wind is viable only in specific locations, but worthy to consider as well.


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

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