The University of Tulsa: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline) 20%
Annual (2021)-7%

Better Buildings Challenge Partners strive to decrease portfolio-wide source energy use intensity (EUI) and to increase the percent improvement compared to a set baseline. University of Tulsa's portfolio consists of more than 115 buildings and 2.4 million square feet. University of Tulsa has improved energy performance by 20% from a 2018 baseline, making progress towards a goal of 20% by 2023 Energy consumption during 2020 and 2021 was significantly lower than a typical year since COVID-19 disruptions resulted in temporary building closures and reduced occupancy for much of the year. Energy savings have been achieved by installing lighting and HVAC occupancy sensors and lighting retrofits across the campus in dormitories, all sports complexes and classroom buildings. The entire campus was also put on a central campus photocell. HVAC upgrades included installing new efficiency chillers, using free cooling when possible, and installing new high efficiency condensing boilers are part of a multi-year plan in each facility. The University also works closely with faculty, staff and students to implement Cenergistic’s energy sustainability program to further drive savings.