In April 2009, Act 1494 was passed and became House Bill 1663; this legislation was codified in Arkansas Code Annotated §§22-3-2001–22-3-2011 (Appendix 47). The University of Arkansas System was required to develop and issue polices and technical guidelines to establish procedures and methods for compliance with the criteria and performance standards for a major facility or a major renovation under §22-2-2004; the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees met this requirement by adopting Board Policy 750.1 (Appendix 48).
- Definitions that apply to the University of Arkansas System
1. Major Facility-a construction project larger than twenty thousand (20,000) gross square feet of occupied or conditioned space; does not include a transmitter building or a pumping station
2. Major Renovation-a building renovation project that costs more than fifty percent (50%) of its current replacement value, is larger than twenty thousand (20,000) gross square feet of occupied or conditioned space, and is funded in whole or in part by the state.
- The following minimum standards apply to the University of Arkansas System
3. A major facility shall be designed, constructed, and certified to at least ten percent (10%) reduction below the baseline energy consumption determined in accordance with the Performance Rating Method of Appendix G of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Standard 90.1-2007, as it existed on January 1, 2009.
4. An exception or a special standard for a specific type of building or building facility that is found in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Standard 90.1-2007.
5. A major renovation shall be certified to at least ten percent (10%) reduction below the baseline energy consumption determined in accordance with the Performance Rating Method of Appendix G of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Standard 90.1-2007, as it existed on January 1, 2009.
6. The standards only apply to a major facility or major renovation project if it entered the schematic design phase after July 01, 2009.
- For New Construction/Major Renovations
7. Water Consumption:
Indoor water systems must be designed and constructed to use at least twenty percent (20%) less potable water than the indoor water use baseline calculated for the building after satisfying the fixture performance requirement, if any, under the Arkansas Plumbing Code.
Outdoor potable water or harvested groundwater consumption shall use water-use-efficient landscape material and irrigation strategies, including without limitation water reuse and recycling, to reduce conventional consumption by at least fifty percent (50%) of the water that would have been consumed otherwise.
8. If ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 is not practical for a particular major facility or major renovation, the institution (the facilities committee mentioned in Board Policy 750.1) shall determine a practical alternative standard for the design and construction of the project.
9. Commissioning Services tailored to the size and complexity of the building and its components shall be employed to verify performance of a building component or system and ensure that design requirements are met upon completion of construction.
10. To measure and verify a major facility’s performance under this section’s standard:
A building level owner’s meter for electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, and water shall be installed in accordance with guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Energy under §103 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Pub. L. No 109-58.
Metered data for the first twelve months of the building’s operation will be compared with the energy design target and the performance results of that comparison will be reported to the UA Board of Trustees on an annual basis.
- The Role of Energy Star Portfolio Manager
State agencies and non-exempt institutions of higher education are required to enter data into Energy Star Portfolio Manager; this provides the data necessary for compliance and also generates the reports necessary to provide the information to the Arkansas Energy Office and the Legislature; UA System institutions are exempt from this requirement, but Energy Star Portfolio Manager is a very useful tool. It is the institution’s choice to use this free tool, but it does allow the institution to enter the data and produce reports that show whether new construction of major facility projects and major renovation projects have met the compliance requirements (10% reduction after baseline is determined with 12 months of utility metered data collected, water consumption reductions, etc.).
- For more information on using Energy Star Portfolio Manager, please visit the
- Strategic Energy Plans (StEP’s)
UA institutions are exempt from Executive Order (EO) 09-07 issued May 28th, 2009, but creating a strategic energy plan is still a useful endeavor. A strategic energy plan can be developed by an outside design firm to lay out certain steps in reducing energy usage and costs. Steps may include an outline on how the institution is going to make a commitment to energy management over a set timeline, assessing performance, setting goals, creating a plan of action, implementing the plan, evaluating progress, and recognizing achievements in reaching the goals set forth in the StEP.
There is no set template, but here are some good guidelines and examples that can be used to develop a plan unique to your institution’s needs:
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