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8.000 College Property, Equipment, and Facilities

8.100 Smoke Free Tobacco Free Campus

8.110 Use of College Facilities by Outside Groups

8.120 Firearms on Campus

8.200 Maintenance

8.300 Energy Conservation

8.400 Use of College Vehicles

8.410 Accidents for Damage to College Vehicles

8.500 Computer/Network Acceptable Use for Faculty and Staff

8.510 Computer/Network Acceptable Use for Students

8.600 Naming of College Facilities

8.700 Cellular Telephones Issued to Employees

8.300 Energy Conservation


Policy Number: 8.300

Subject: Energy Conservation

Date Adopted: January 1, 1991, Revised January 25, 2012

All employees of the College are charged with taking all possible steps to conserve energy and utilities. Lights in offices and classrooms should be turned off when the facilities are not in use. Leaks in water lines, gas lines or other service problems should be reported to the Vice President for Financial Affairs as soon as possible.

Thermostats for both heating and cooling should be set within the properly approved State of Arkansas limits.

In compliance with Act 1494 of 2009 and Executive Order 09-07, the College adopts the rules associated with Chapter 4, Sustainable Public Building Standards For a Major Facility or a Major Renovation (A.C.A. § 22-3-2003).

Standards For a Major Facility or a Major Renovation
The following minimum standards apply to a major facility:

  1. 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, Standard 90.1-2007, as it existed on January 1, 2009;
  2. 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, Standard 90.1-2007, as it existed on January 1, 2009.

The following minimum standards apply to new construction:

  1. The indoor water system shall 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; and
  2. Outdoor potable water or harvested groundwater consumption shall use water-use-efficient landscape materials 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.

If the Arkansas Energy Office or the College determines the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Standard 90.1-2007 is not practicable for a major facility or major renovation, the Arkansas Energy Office or the College shall determine a practicable alternative standard for the design and construction for that major facility or major renovation.

Performance Measurement

To verify the performance of a building component or system and ensure that design requirements are met upon completion of construction, building or system commissioning practices that are tailored to the size and complexity of the building and its system components shall be employed.

To measure and verify a major facility's performance according to these standards:

  1. A building level owner's meter for electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, and water shall be installed in accordance with the guidelines issued by the United States Department of Energy under § 103 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Pub. L. No. 109-58; and
  2. The College and the building designers shall:

a. Compare metered data from the first twelve (12) months of the building's operation with the energy design target; and

b. Report the performance results of that comparison to the Arkansas Energy Office or to the Board of Trustees. If the report shows that the building's average energy or water consumption over the one-year period after the date of beneficial occupancy is more than the baseline consumption determined in accordance with the Performance Rating Method of Appendix G of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Standard 90.1-2007, as it existed on January 1, 2009, the designer, the College, the contractor, the contract manager at risk, and the commissioning agent shall:

i. Investigate;
ii. Determine the cause for the failure to achieve the performance standards; and
iii. Recommend corrections or modifications to meet the performance standards.