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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 45.25
Liaison David Tedder
Submission Date Oct. 16, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Kentucky
OP-8: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.08 / 6.00 Britney Thompson
Energy Engineer
Campus Utilities
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Total building energy consumption, all sources (transportation fuels excluded):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total building energy consumption 2,917,806 MMBtu 2,576,539 MMBtu

Purchased electricity and steam:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 1,144,396 MMBtu 1,048,925 MMBtu
District steam/hot water 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 19,489,436 Gross Square Feet 16,065,889 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year::
Floor Area
Laboratory space 2,936,293 Square Feet
Healthcare space 3,356,120 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

Degree days, performance year (base 65 °F)::
Degree days (see help icon above)
Heating degree days 4,914
Cooling degree days 1,274

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 Jan. 1, 2014 Dec. 31, 2014
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2008 Dec. 31, 2008

A brief description of when and why the building energy consumption baseline was adopted:
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A brief description of any building temperature standards employed by the institution:

The University operates a 24/7 Building Automation center known as the Delta Room. Space temperatures are controlled between 74 and 68 degrees year round, with occupants generally having control within that range. After hours and on weekends or holidays, temperatures ranges are widened to 60 and 80 degrees for energy conservation. A similar system is used for the Medical Center Physical Plant, but temperature ranges are dependent upon healthcare and research requirements.


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

Most new construction or major renovation on the campus features mostly LED lighting. Additional, the first full-LED building stand-alone retrofit was completed in late 2014, transforming the atmosphere and energy consumption of the 84-year-old Breckinridge Hall. Parking lot lighting is also going to LED where new construction or replacements are occuring.


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

Most new construction or major renovation on the campus integrates both occupancy sensing and lighting controls systems. Other stand-alone lighting renovations typically include occupancy or vacancy sensors where appropriate.


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

One passive solar-thermal array is situated on the roof of the Poundstone Regulatory Services Facility. This 8-panel system provides heating for the building domestic hot water supply and has a peak output of approximately 256,000 BTU/day.


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

The University is in partnership with Education Realty Trust (EdR) for privatization of campus housing. In August of 2013 two new dorms, Central 1 and 2, were opened and are fed by a geothermal well field under the front lawn of the W.T. Young Library. This system provides energy to 357 heat pumps within the two dorms.


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

Cogeneration is not currently in use on the campus, but an exploratory plan is underway to develop cogeneration use for the campus within the next 5 years.


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

The University is aggressively renovating multiple existing buildings, including Commonwealth Stadium, Gatton School of Business, and The Student Center. Renovation and new construction usually include a third-party retro-commissioning agent to ensure the highest quality construction per design. Additionally, multiple renovations are performed by the Campus Physical Plant to increase energy efficiency and save money, such as lighting retrofits.


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

The University is seeking to have live metering on utilities including electricity, steam, chilled water, water, and natural gas whenever possible. These meters report data back to the Delta Room or other data collection centers. For the campus, the Delta room saves between $3 and $5 million dollars in electricity annually on facility automation.


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

Personal appliances are not regulated on the campus, but any appliances or equipment purchased through The University are Energy Star Certified whenever possible.


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

New construction and renovation is done to LEED Silver standards, and often there are elements of efficient landscape design found in these plans.


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

None


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

In early 2015 the University constructed a 30kw solar photovoltaic array on the roof the of the Ralph G. Anderson Mechanical Engineering Building. This array was funded 50/50 between the Student Sustainability Council and The Campus Physical Plant.


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

Square footage and other data is found in "Master Building List bt" in STARS 2015 folder.

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.