Log In
  • AASHE-STARS

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

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.58
Liaison Mary Ellen Mallia
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University at Albany
OP-8: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.15 / 6.00 Indu Lnu
Energy Officer
Facilities Management
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total building energy consumption, all sources (transportation fuels excluded):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total building energy consumption 791,400 MMBtu 786,024 MMBtu

Purchased electricity and steam:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 260,524 MMBtu 275,215 MMBtu
District steam/hot water 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 5,806,849 Gross Square Feet 4,563,296 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year::
Floor Area
Laboratory space 1,000,000 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

Degree days, performance year (base 65 °F)::
Degree days (see help icon above)
Heating degree days 7,015
Cooling degree days 740

Source-site ratios::
Source-Site Ratio (see help icon above)
Grid-purchased electricity 3
District steam/hot water 1

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods)::
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014
Baseline Year July 1, 2005 June 30, 2005

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

The university selected this baseline as it represents the year prior to when sustainability and energy efficiency programs were instituted. This also aligned with the base year cited in the Copenhagen Accord.


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

The University temperature setpoint policy can be found at http://www.albany.edu/facilities/documents/TempSetPointPolicy.pdf


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

The University standard for all exterior lighting is LED. University has successfully used LED for building mounted, parking lots and pedestrian pathway fixtures. Interior LED fixtures were installed in the Mohawk tower as part of the rehab project. Temporary lighting during construction was LED as well on this project. Ongoing Campus Center Expansion project is using LED for most of the ambient lighting. Several smaller retrofit projects have installed LED fixtures in offices, hallways and other spaces.


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

Occupancy and vacancy sensors are required and included in all spaces for all new construction/major renovation projects. University completed a major lighting upgrade project in all the academic buildings that installed occupancy/vacancy sensors in several offices, classrooms, and conference rooms.


A brief description of any passive solar heating employed by the institution:

none


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

The 500 Bed Facility aka Liberty Terrace building employs 400-ton ground source heat pumps exclusively for heating and cooling the building. There is no additional source for heating or cooling. This building was the first LEED Gold certified building on campus and has a site energy use intensity of less than 64 kBtu/SF/year.


A brief description of any cogeneration technologies employed by the institution:

None. The University is currently developing a feasibility study for a 4.5MW combined heat and power plant.


A brief description of any building recommissioning or retrofit program employed by the institution:

Liberty Terrace underwent continuous commissioning for 2 years post-occupancy. The effort identified opportunities for optimization that were implemented. As part of the ongoing Energy Master Plan, four more buildings, Life Science, Husted, University Hall and Arts& Sciences will be retro-commissioned.


A brief description of any energy metering and management systems employed by the institution:

All buildings are metered for electricity and the information is collected centrally via SquareD Powerlogic system. All residential buildings have water meters that are connected to Siemens Building Management System (BMS). Chilled water to buildings is metered and reported to the BMS in each building.


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

The ongoing Energy Master Plan is evaluating opportunities for replacement of equipment with energy efficient option. Campus has used capital money as well grants, rebates and incentive money to implement several projects to improve equipment/system efficiency.


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

Native plants and plant diversity is employed. 100% of the irrigation for all campus landscaped areas is from on-site stormwater retention pond.


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

Vending machines are supplied by vendors and the machines supplied in the last couple of years are LED lit.


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

Winter Intersession Energy Initiative is a 4-week shutdown/minimal operations program to conserve energy by shutting down/setting back mechanical and lighting systems in building during the winter break.
Air Handlers schedules are adjusted minimum 4 times a year to match building occupancy and class schedule and conserve energy by shutting systems down when no needed.
University has completed several lighting upgrades, air handling unit upgrades, and building controls upgrade to reduce energy use in existing buildings.


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

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.