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Recommended Preliminary Audits for Colleges and Universities

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  • Large buildings with high Energy Use Intensity (EUI) have the greatest opportunity for savings because even small percentages of improvement can create substantial savings.
  • Campuses are good candidates for audits even if the campus average is not high. It is probable that some buildings on the campus use energy well above the average.
  • By metering each building and tracking energy use over time, colleges and universities can continuously improve performance.
  • Preliminary audits are recommended for all buildings or campuses not benchmarked in Portfolio Manager, although it would be preferable to find the best candidates by benchmarking before starting audits.

Recommendations for Colleges

Comprehensive preliminary energy audits of all campus buildings are recommended for college campuses having an EUI greater than 80. Many colleges are already doing audits.
 

Benchmarked College Energy UseEUI
Highline Community College144
Community Colleges of Spokane103
Tacoma Community College94
Skagit Valley College87
Columbia Basin College Total83
Cascadia Community College77
Bates Technical College73
Yakima Valley Community College66
Lake Washington Technical College58
Grays Harbor College52
  
Average campus EUI (highest and lowest values disregarded)80
National Average from CBECS database120

Colleges for which no audits are recommended

Based on the available data, no preliminary audits were recommended for the following colleges:

  • Bates Technical College
  • Cascadia Community College
  • Yakima Valley Community College
  • Lake Washington Technical College
  • Grays Harbor College

Colleges for which preliminary audits are recommended

Based on the available data, preliminary audits are recommended for the following agencies:

  • Columbia Basin College
  • Community Colleges of Spokane
  • Highline Community College
  • Skagit Valley College
  • Tacoma Community College

Colleges not benchmarked, or partially benchmarked

Based on the available data, the following colleges are not benchmarked or are in the process of benchmarking. There is insufficient information to determine which facilities need audits. Most of these colleges are working with WSU Energy or an ESCO, and are benchmarking.

  • Bellevue College (BCC is moving energy data from Utility Manager into Portfolio Manager)
  • Bellingham Technical College (BTC energy data is in Portfolio Manager, not yet shared with GA)
  • Big Bend Community College (requested assistance, working with WSU Extension Energy)
  • Centralia College (requested assistance, working with WSU Extension Energy)
  • Clark College (in the process of benchmarking)
  • Clover Park Technical College (requested assistance, working with WSU Extension Energy)
  • Edmonds Community College (campus submetered, first full year of energy data not yet available)
  • Everett Community College (ECC moved energy data from Utility Manager into Portfolio Manager, and is doing a quality control review)
  • Green River Community College (GRCC is moving energy data from Utility Manager into Portfolio Manager)
  • Lower Columbia College (requested assistance from WSU Extension Energy)
  • North Seattle Community College (requested assistance, working with WSU Extension Energy)
  • Olympic College (campus submetered, first full year of energy data not yet available)
  • Peninsula College (requested assistance, working with WSU Extension Energy)
  • Pierce College (requested assistance, working with WSU Extension Energy)
  • Renton Technical College (requested assistance, working with WSU Extension Energy)
  • Seattle Central Community College (requested assistance, working with WSU Extension Energy)
  • Shoreline Community College (requested assistance, working with WSU Extension Energy)
  • South Puget Sound Community College (requested assistance, working with WSU Extension Energy, shared data is being reviewed)
  • South Seattle Community College
  • Walla Walla Community College
  • Wenatchee Valley College (facilities entered into Portfolio Manager, but not yet shared with GA)
  • Whatcom Community College (WCC is using Utility Manager, but has not yet entered facilities into Portfolio Manager or shared with GA)

For all above college campuses not benchmarked in Portfolio Manager by July 1, 2011, a comprehensive preliminary audit is recommended, to be initiated by November 1, 2011 to allow collection of energy data during the winter heating season. The Energy Services Company (ESCO) performing the preliminary audit will benchmark the facilities for the agency or college for a nominal fee. Buildings or campuses will be taken off the list recommending an audit if benchmarking shows they have less than the average EUI as described above and in the table below, and if the comprehensive preliminary audit found no cost effective energy conservation measures. The benchmarked status of all agency and college buildings as of July 1, 2012 will be reported to the legislature in a report on December 1, 2012.

Recommendations for Universities

All of the universities are already doing energy audits and energy retrofits. GA Energy recommends universities set progressively lower EUI goals for existing buildings and use comprehensive audits to pursue them. See table below:

Benchmarked University Energy UseEUI
Eastern Washington University123
The Evergreen State College95
University of Washington183
Washington State University (WSUS only)96
Western Washington University110
  
Average of available data121
National Average from CBECS database120

Central Washington University has put buildings into Portfolio Manager. (There is a technical problem with getting CWU energy data to show.)

Washington State University benchmarking is available only for the WSUS campus.

For more information contact:

Department of General Administration
Energy Program
Donna K. Albert, PE, MCE, CEM, LEED-AP
Phone: (360) 407-9379
E-mail: donna.albert@des.wa.gov