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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 Silver
Overall Score 51.12
Liaison Matthew Williams
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.0

University of Florida
OP-8: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.72 / 6.00 Megan Walker-Radtke
Program Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Total building energy consumption, all sources (transportation fuels excluded):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total building energy consumption 2,522,485.03 MMBtu 2,498,081 MMBtu

Purchased electricity and steam:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 1,541,355 MMBtu 1,530,287 MMBtu
District steam/hot water 881,373 MMBtu 879,448 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 22,404,996 Gross Square Feet 17,888,599 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year::
Floor Area
Laboratory space 1,495,345 Square Feet
Healthcare space 207,587 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

Degree days, performance year (base 65 °F)::
Degree days (see help icon above)
Heating degree days 1,443
Cooling degree days 2,710

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, 2012 June 30, 2013

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

FY 2012-2013 is the baseline year for UF's latest greenhouse gas inventory. That baseline year was adopted as a result of data availability considerations.


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

Building automation systems allow UF to control temperatures and air handler operation in buildings based on timers. Initiatives are in place to setback buildings when possible over nights, weekends, and holiday breaks.


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

The most visible application of LED lighting on campus is at the new SW Recreation Center,

LED lighting is considered, when appropriate, for all new construction projects.


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

Lighting sensors have been installed in all major lecture halls on campus and are commonly used in both new construction and renovations of classroom and office space.


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

The co-generation plant located on the campus provides all of the steam for heating needs, around 200,000 lbs/hr. Progress Energy operates this facility and the electricity goes back to the grid. UF purchases electricity from the grid, with the Progress Energy fuel mix, of which the co-generation plant is a small part.


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:

Most campus buildings have a building control system, with the goal of 100% of buildings. These systems are integrated into the campus network and can be accessed through the UF network or remotely.


A brief description of the institution's program to replace energy-consuming appliances, equipment and systems with high efficiency alternatives:
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A brief description of any energy-efficient landscape design initiatives employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any vending machine sensors, lightless machines, or LED-lit machines employed by the institution:

UF has piloted both vending machine motion sensors and EnergyStar vending machines on campus.


A brief description of other energy conservation and efficiency initiatives employed by the institution:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s energy conservation and efficiency initiatives is available:
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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.