The University of Tulsa: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline) 8%
Annual (2019)8%

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 more than 115 buildings and 2.4 million square feet. University of Tulsa has improved energy performance by 8% from a 2018 baseline, making progress towards a goal of 20% by 2023.  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 implement Cenergistic’s energy sustainability program to further drive savings.  


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all facilities can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. University of Tulsa has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 10% at 2 of its properties. There is 1 property that has experienced an increase in Source EUI.  This property has been targeted for future energy efficiency improvements.


Property-level energy performance metrics, including EUI and percent improvement to date, are critical to track progress over time and identify opportunities for additional energy savings. University of Tulsa's portfolio consists of properties with a wide range of baseline EUI values, most of which are from 100 to 300 kBtu/sq. ft. The majority of properties have shown energy improvement since 2016. The properties located near or below the 0% axis may present good opportunities for further savings.