Case Study Update: Vermont Law School

Our Newsbrief on page 5 of


Vol. 10, No. 4 about the Maine Hospital Association incorrectly identified the Natural Resources Council of Maine as the Natural Resources

Defense Council of Maine. Our apologies.

Energy use at the Vermont Law School’s Oakes Hall isn’t quite as low as we reported in our case study (


Vol. 9, No. 5, May 2000). After heating oil totals for the second year of operation came in quite a bit higher than the numbers provided from the first year, green consultant Marc Rosenbaum went looking for the reasons.

A check with the fuel supplier revealed that, due to a clerical error, not all the first year’s deliveries were included in the initial report. Annual heating oil use is actually about 20,000 Btu/ft2 (220 MJ/m2), instead of the 13,000 previously reported. Interestingly, electrical energy use has decreased in the second year, so the increase in total energy use is partially offset.

Annual site energy use now appears to be about 35,000 Btu/ft2 (396 MJ/m2)—up 18% from the 29,500 Btu/ft2 (334 MJ/m2) reported earlier.

Published June 1, 2001

(2001, June 1). Case Study Update: Vermont Law School. Retrieved from https://www.buildinggreen.com/op-ed/case-study-update-vermont-law-school

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