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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 34.35
Liaison Rose Armour
Submission Date Sept. 16, 2018
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STARS v2.1

American University of Sharjah
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.52 / 6.00 Rose Armour
Sustainability Operations
AUS Sustainability
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 349,379.03 MMBtu 389,900.38 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site renewables 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu
District steam/hot water (sourced from offsite) 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu
Energy from all other sources (excluding transportation fuels) 817.95 MMBtu 687.36 MMBtu
Total 350,196.98 MMBtu 390,587.74 MMBtu

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Oct. 1, 2016 Sept. 30, 2017
Baseline Year Oct. 1, 2009 Sept. 30, 2010

A brief description of when and why the building energy consumption baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):

N/A


Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 1,435,733.43 Gross Square Feet 1,289,215.08 Gross Square Feet

Source-site ratio for grid-purchased electricity:
3.14

Total building energy consumption per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Site energy 0.24 MMBtu / GSF 0.30 MMBtu / GSF
Source energy 0.76 MMBtu / GSF 0.95 MMBtu / GSF

Percentage reduction in total building energy consumption (source energy) per unit of floor area from baseline:
19.52

Degree days, performance year (base 65 °F / 18 °C):
Degree days (see help icon above)
Heating degree days 0 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 4,715.28 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 153,235.03 Square Feet
Healthcare space 3,670.49 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
1,919,053.71 Gross Square Feet

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

Documentation (e.g. spreadsheet or utility records) 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 (e.g. outreach and education efforts):

Students living on-campus were invited to be a part of an Energy Conservation Challenge that aimed on reducing their electricity usage throughout the month by encouraging residential halls on competing to achieve the greatest reduction of electricity use.

An electricity usage statement was issued to faculty housing members that showed their housing unit’s monthly electricity consumption and the average consumption of equivalent housing units. This statement was aimed at giving faculty perspective on how much their electricity consumption is relative to their neighbors as in incentive to reduce their overall electricity usage.

The AUS Office of Sustainability invited all members of the AUS community to a panel discussion on Power consumption and Energy performance in the UAE in hopes of developing innovative solutions and increasing awareness and education about sustainability problems that face our community.


A brief description of energy use standards and controls employed by the institution (e.g. building temperature standards, occupancy and vacancy sensors):

Occupancy sensors for lighting control are utilized in hallways and classrooms for the majority of campus buildings. Thermostats throughout campus buildings range from 22-24 degree Celsius, and we encourage our students living on campus to follow these standards.


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

The University has deployed LED lighting retrofits throughout the majority of campus buildings and outside lightings. The University's first priority was the academic buildings as the lights were on around-the-clock. Within three years the university realized a 24% in energy savings, which amounted to savings worth millions of AED.


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

The University utilized solar water heaters in all new buildings within the last five year and residential halls.


A brief description of co-generation employed by the institution, e.g. combined heat and power (CHP):
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A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace energy-consuming appliances, equipment and systems with high efficiency alternatives (e.g. building re-commissioning or retrofit programs):

The University has deployed LED lighting retrofits throughout the majority of campus buildings and outside lightings. The University's first priority was the academic buildings as the lights were on around-the-clock. Within three years the university realized a 24% in energy savings, which amounted to savings worth millions of AED.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.