Top 5 Energy Users


Top 5 Energy Intense Buildings on Campus

In our office, we compare buildings using a metric called energy use intensity, which levels the playing field, so to speak, between large and small buildings. To find a building's energy use intensity, or EUI, we divide its total energy use (kBtu) by its square footage (sf). For campus buildings, we see EUI's ranging from 16 kBtu/sf all the way up to 500 kBtu/sf!

Our energy dashboard pinpoints which buildings are the most energy-intense users by plotting their EUI on a map, but we've listed out the top 5 for you here:

meyer hall

1. Meyer Hall

Energy Use Intensity: 434 kBtu/sf
Year Constructed: 1987
Square Footage: 217,503 sf
Primary Use: Lab


life sciences

2. Life Sciences

Energy Use Intensity: 407 kBtu/sf
Year Constructed: 1997
Square Footage: 125,969 sf
Primary Use: Lab



dining commons

3. Segundo Dining Commons

Energy Use Intensity: 377 kBtu/sf
Year Constructed: 2005
Square Footage: 46,712 sf
Primary Use: Community



4. Genome Biomedical Sciences

Energy Use Intensity: 328 kBtu/sf
Year Constructed: 2004
Square Footage: 229,662 sf
Primary Use: Lab




5. Chemistry Annex

Energy Use Intensity: 317 kBtu/sf
Year Constructed: 1971
Square Footage: 108,313 sf
Primary Use: Lab


Looking at the list, you may notice that 4 out of 5 of these buildings are classified as "Labs". Buildings with laboratory spaces typically use a lot of energy because of the required ventilation. Due to the nature of the activities in lab spaces, the air coming into the lab must be 100% outside air, and then it must completely leave the building. Moving this quantity of air with fans, and heating and cooling the air, is an energy intensive process.