Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.26
Liaison Alexi Lamm
Submission Date Oct. 10, 2022

STARS v2.2

Utah State University
OP-5: Building Energy Efficiency

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.46 / 6.00 Zac Cook
Energy Manager
Facilities
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Electricity use, performance year (report kilowatt-hours):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity 26,174,068 Kilowatt-hours 89,305.92 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, non-combustion facilities/devices (e.g., renewable energy systems) 660,190 Kilowatt-hours 2,252.57 MMBtu

Stationary fuels and thermal energy, performance year (report MMBtu):
MMBtu
Stationary fuels used on-site to generate electricity and/or thermal energy 685,611 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water 0 MMBtu

Total site energy consumption, performance year:
777,169.49 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
7,291,566 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 490,300 Square Feet
Healthcare space 47,527 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 161,057 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
8,528,277 Gross Square Feet

Degree days, performance year:
Degree days
Heating degree days 7,381 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 1,208 Degree-Days (°F)

Total degree days, performance year:
8,589 Degree-Days (°F)

Start and end dates of the performance year (or 3-year period):
Start date End date
Performance period July 1, 2020 June 30, 2021

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

Electricity use, baseline year (report kWh):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity 52,943,387 Kilowatt-hours 180,642.84 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, non-combustion facilities/devices (e.g., renewable energy systems) 1,421,350 Kilowatt-hours 4,849.65 MMBtu

Stationary fuels and thermal energy, baseline year (report MMBtu):
MMBtu
Stationary fuels used on-site to generate electricity and/or thermal energy 624,971 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water 0 MMBtu

Total site energy consumption, baseline year:
810,463.48 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space, baseline year:
6,443,561 Gross Square Feet

Start and end dates of the baseline year (or 3-year period):
Start date End date
Baseline period July 1, 2007 June 30, 2008

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

USU signed the ACUPCC in 2007, so we use the fiscal year 2008 as the baseline to evaluate progress from the time USU became a signatory to the Commitment.


Source-site ratio for imported electricity:
3

Total energy consumption per unit of floor area:
Site energy Source energy
Performance year 0.11 MMBtu / GSF 0.13 MMBtu / GSF
Baseline year 0.13 MMBtu / GSF 0.18 MMBtu / GSF

Percentage reduction in total source energy consumption per unit of floor area from baseline:
27.92

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

USU uses two different building management systems to control the temperatures in all of the buildings on central campus. StruxureWare from Schneider Electric and Metasys from Johnson Controls are used to control everything from temperature set points, time-of-day schedules, occupancy requirements, fume hood operation, outside air mixtures, and exhaust fan operation. In most of the buildings, USU can control these factors down to the room level to provide optimal comfort and energy management control.


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

Since FY 2019, almost all lamps on campuses statewide have been replaced with LEDs. In addition to lighting efficiency upgrades, some projects also include occupancy sensors and time clocks.


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

The USU cogeneration plant contains three Babcock and Wilcox boilers with a capacity of 220,000 lbs/hr of steam to heat the campus. It also contains three York chillers with the capacity to produce a total of 4500 tons of cooling. One Solar gas turbine generator unit with a heat recovery has the capacity to produce 4.5 MW of electrical power and up to 50,000 lbs/hr of steam from the heat recovery unit.


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace energy-consuming appliances, equipment, and systems with high efficiency alternatives:
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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:
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Our square footage numbers have greatly increased from the baseline. Within the last 13 years, we have built new buildings, where landscape once stood. We have also had many buildings donated, as well as purchased quite a bit of property over the years. Some of the difference can also be attributed to the way we maintain and update our records as well. We are constantly improving and updating every square foot that USU owns, therefore our data is always becoming more and more accurate.

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