Energy

Introduction

For most institutions, energy consumption is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, which cause global climate change. Implementing conservation measures and switching to renewable sources of energy can help institutions save money and protect them from utility rate volatility. Renewable energy may be generated locally and allow campuses to support local economic development. Furthermore, institutions can help shape markets by creating demand for cleaner, renewable sources of energy.

2023 resources

Rethinking Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) in Harvard University's River Houses: Engineering Sciences 96 Final Report

  • Harvard University (MA)

This abstract applies to all four papers written for Engineering Sciences 96.

In the coming decade, Harvard University will confront a system-wide student housing renovation project. For the past eighty ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Harnessing Human Power for Alternative Energy in Fitness Facilities: A Case Study

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

As energy usage across the world continues to rise, there is a strong need to develop new methods for energy conservation and power generation, particularly approaches that have less environmental ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The Human Dimension of Energy Conservation and Sustainability

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The purpose of this paper is to determine the behaviors, attitudes, and levels of understanding among faculty, staff, and students in efforts to design programs aimed at reducing energy use ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Understanding Energy Conservation Attitudes, Knowledge and Behaviors in Science Laboratories at a Tier 1 Research-Intensive University

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Energy use per square foot from science research labs is disproportionately higher than other university building uses. Necessary use of energy intensive equipment as well as the time and extent ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Accelerating Campus Climate Initiatives: Breaking Through Barriers

  • Rocky Mountain Institute (CO)
  • AASHE (PA)

Published by Rocky Mountain Institute with support from AASHE, this is a practical guide for anyone working to reduce GHG emissions on campus. Offering real-world examples, the book helps readers ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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EVs with PVs: Analysis of Electric Vehicle Integration at Stanford University Using Solar PV Panels

  • Stanford University (CA)

As electric vehicles (EVs) are growing in popularity, Stanford University realizes that there may be great value in providing EV charging spots on campus for commuters and residents who switch ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Minnesota Campus Energy Challenge 2009 Analysis and Recommendations

  • Macalester College (MN)

This report is an analysis of the Minnesota 2009 Campus Energy Challenge (MCEC) from the point of view of the principal state organizer, Arielle Miwa Oseki Robbins, the principal Macalester ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Hanging it Out On Campus: A Guide to Providing Line-Drying Options to College Students and Promoting Other Eco-Friendly Laundry Habits

  • Pomona College (CA)

Colleges and universities around the country are moving towards making their campuses more sustainable locations to live and learn. Educational institutions that provide student housing are in the unique position ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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A Beginners Guide to On-Campus Solar Development

  • University of Idaho (ID)

Renewable energy generation technologies are a major tool for colleges and universities championing the ideals of sustainability and striving for climate neutrality. As these institutions focus on reducing their greenhouse ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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On-Site Solar Photovoltaic Energy Generation - Cal Poly Pomona

  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (CA)

The concentration for Regenerative Studies 599 Winter 2008, “Special Topics,” lead off the campus inventory work performed by the RS599 students in Winter of 2007. Professors Kyle Brown and Rick ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Budgeting for Energy Conservation

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Budgeting for Energy Conservation proposes an innovative approach to mobilize the schools and centers of the University of Pennsylvania to conserve energy. A clear and effective roadmap for the transition ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Green Study for Greeks: The Determination of Environmental Sustainability within the Greek Community of WPI

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)

Commissioned by the Greek Alumni Council (GAC) of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), the purpose of this project was to raise awareness within the Greek community of sustainability issues and ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The Campus Climate Challenge Best Practices Guide for On-Campus Wind Energy

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

The purpose of this guide is to assist colleges and universities by providing relevant information necessary to determine the feasibility of an on-campus wind turbine project. The guide presents an ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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SOGreen: An environmental undertaking for the School of Government

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

In January of 2008, four Masters of Public Administration students launched the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government's (SOG) initiative towards more sustainable facilities and operations: "SOGreen." The School of ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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On-Campus Solar Photovoltaic: A Best Practices Guide

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Sunlight is an abundant source of energy that will be around for years to come. While non-renewable fuels, for the time being, are far cheaper, and burn relatively efficiently, their ...

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Policy and Behaviour: Exploring Energy Use by Computers in the Marion McCain Building

  • Dalhousie University (NS)

Our research explores the overnight energy consumption of computers in one Dalhousie computer lab, room 2019 in the Marion McCain building. Our research had three objectives. The first was to ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Wood Pellets for UBC Boilers Replacing Natural Gas

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

This report studies the feasibility of replacing natural gas with wood pellets for UBC boilers. A gasification system is proposed to be installed in the UBC boiler house to convert ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Simulating energy efficiency in laboratory buildings

  • Iowa State University (IA)

Today's laboratory buildings are large consumers of energy. The ventilation requirements of these buildings mandate that large quantities of outside air be brought into the building. The advent of ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Organizing an Effective Campus Energy Program: Lessons from the University at Buffalo

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

The first step a campus should take to become green is to reinforce, reinvigorate, and expand its energy conservation program. Energy consumption produces the most significant environmental impacts associated with ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Best Practices Guide for Purchasing Green Power

  • Energy Action Coalition

Many colleges and universities are searching for ways to improve their sustainability performance. One popular method to demonstrate commitment to the sustainability is green power purchasing. Purchasing green power is ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Sustainable SCU: An Analysis of Santa Clara University's Current and Future Energy Usage

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

The goal of this project was to assess the effectiveness of Santa Clara University's Sustainability Program in conserving energy and reducing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2). The study found ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Food and Fuel: Biogas Potential at Broward Dining Hall

  • University of Florida (FL)

Biogas, a sustainable natural gas equivalent, can be produced from food waste using anaerobic digestion. Large amounts of food waste are produced at campus dining halls. The goals of the ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Benefits of Compact Fluorescent Lights in Residence Life Housing at Arkansas State University: Students Take Action

  • Arkansas State University (AR)

The technology of electricity production has liberated man from darkness (i.e. usage of the candles, and the lanterns), but some repercussions accompany this technology. According to the Department of ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Conserving Energy in Existing Buildings: A Case Study of Purdue University's Residence Halls

  • Purdue University (IN)

Residence halls are a good example of potential for energy savings in large buildings with varied and complex usage like hotels, youth hostels, and apartment complexes. In such settings, motivating ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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From principle to product: Exploring process through the Solar Decathlon

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The premise of this thesis is to examine the process and development of the evolution of words into built form. The abstract principle followed through the design process is the ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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A sense of power: an energy analysis of the University of Cincinnati's west campus

  • University of Cincinnati (OH)

This study consists of an energy analysis of UC's west campus. The central component of this thesis examines the Aronoff Center, analyzing its design and function in relation to ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Design of energy efficient building with radiant slab cooling

  • University of Calgary (AB)

Air-conditioning comprises a substantial fraction of commercial building energy use because of compressor-driven refrigeration and fan-driven air circulation. Core regions of large buildings require year-round cooling due to heat gains ...

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Lighting efficiency feasibility study of three Ohio university buildings

  • Ohio University (OH)

This thesis aims to evaluate the lighting efficiency of three Ohio University campus buildings. The primary research question is: What are the short- versus long-term costs and benefits to Ohio ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Energy Service Companies as a Component of a Comprehensive University Sustainability Strategy

  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

This paper aims to quantify and critically analyze the best practices of a comprehensive environmental stewardship strategy (ESS), which included a guaranteed energy savings program (GESP) that utilized an energy ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The Hidden Economics of Campus Sustainability

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Most of us are familiar with the obvious economic and environmental benefits associated with utility cost avoidance programs. For example, Colorado State University has actively encouraged energy management and water ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Green Expectations: From Wind Turbines to Green Dorms, from Turf Roofs to Eco-Friendly Cleaning Fluids, IHEs Are Exploring Environmentally Friendly Ways to Conserve Energy, Save Money-And Help the Planet

  • Carleton College (MN)

In a cornfield within eyesight of Carleton College's (Minn.) campus stands a towering sleek, stark-white structure that looks Like the Mercedes-Benz logo. But it's hardly an advertisement for ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Student Inquiries into Neglected Research for a Sustainable Society: Communication and Application

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

By applying the interdisciplinary approach of Science, Technology & Society, students can solve often-neglected research problems of shifting society's operation towards a sustainable state. A recent Penn State University ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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2.2 MW kW Groundmount Array

  • Cedarville University (OH)

The 2,154 kilowatt solar array was built on the southwest edge of the campus by Cincinnati-based Melink Corporation, which was responsible for the development, engineering, construction, and operation of ...

  • Posted Jan. 14, 2016
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240 kW Solar Arrays: Downs-Jones Library, Allen-Frazier Hall and Beard-Burrowes Hall

  • Huston-Tillotson University (TX)

Huston-Tillotson University recently installed about 240 kilowatts of solar on campus. The solar energy systems are on three buildings – the Downs-Jones Library and the Allen-Frazier and Beard-Burrowes residence halls.

  • Posted Jan. 4, 2016
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64 kW Rooftop Array: Intramural Activities Building

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Installed in 2011, this solar array is the largest on campus (as of 2015) covering one fifth of the Intramural Activities Building. The array generates around 60,000 kilowatt hours ...

  • Posted Dec. 2, 2015
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35 kW Rooftop Array: Mercer Court

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

A renewable energy project began at UW in 2012 and after two years of work, a solar array was installed on the rooftop of Mercer Court A in 2014. The ...

  • Posted Dec. 2, 2015
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10 kW Rooftop Demonstration Site: UW Power Plant

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

There are three different technologies in this demonstration site that feed PV-generated electricity into the UW electrical system. The UW smart grid project monitors how much power is generated every ...

  • Posted Dec. 2, 2015
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82 kW Rooftop Array: Stetson-Sawyer Library

  • Williams College (MA)
  • Solar City (MD)

The new solar array installed on the roof of Sawyer Library is connected to the power grid after the building closes. Workers are putting the final connections in place this ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2015
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41 kW Solar Arrays: '66 Environmental Center

  • Williams College (MA)
  • Solar City (MD)

The building program maximizes the use of space, minimizes energy and water demand, and uses on-site solar energy and rooftop water collection to produce 100% of the energy and water ...

  • Posted Nov. 17, 2015
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36 kW Solar Canopy: Chuck and Polly Longsworth Arts Center

  • Hampshire College (MA)

A 36 kW array atop Hampshire's Chuck and Polly Longsworth Arts Center has been helping to reduce Hampshire's carbon footprint since 2010.

  • Posted Oct. 21, 2015
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63 kW Rooftop Array: Edberg-Olson Hall

  • Temple University (PA)
  • Community Energy, Inc. (PA)

Completed in December 2013, the 4,500 SF, 63-kilowatt solar array installed on the south-facing roof of Temple's Edberg-Olson Hall is the first solar project of its kind at ...

  • Posted Sept. 9, 2015
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1.2 MW Rooftop Solar System

  • California State University, Fullerton (CA)
  • AECOM (CO)
  • REC Solar (CA)

This project consists of three separate systems on the Performing Arts building, the Kinesiology & Health Sciences building and on a parking structure.

  • Posted July 30, 2015
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83 kW Rooftop Array: One Stop Center Building

  • Kauai Community College (HI)
  • REC Solar (CA)

REC Solar designed and installed an 83.25 kW roof-mounted system for the One Stop Center building at the Kauai Community College that produces approximately 125,000 kWh annually. The ...

  • Posted July 30, 2015
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545 kW Rooftop Array: Recreation Center

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Namasté Solar (CO)
  • The Atmosphere Conservancy (CO)

Ballasted Mounting. PV Panel Type: (1,786) Trina 305 watt Inverter Type: (19) Advanced Energy 23 (18), 20 (1) kW

  • Posted July 24, 2015
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220 kW Rooftop Array: Veterinary Teaching Hospital

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Namasté Solar (CO)
  • The Atmosphere Conservancy (CO)

Ballasted Mounting.Veterinary Teaching Hospital. PV Panel Type: (722) Trina 305 watt Inverter Type: (8) SMA 24(6), 20(2) kW

  • Posted July 24, 2015
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139 kW Rooftop Array: Parmalee Hall

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Namasté Solar (CO)
  • The Atmosphere Conservancy (CO)

Ballasted Mounting on flat roof (12 deg) & Direct Mounting on Tilt portion (20 deg).Parmalee Hall. PV Panel Type: (456) Trina 305 watts Inverter Type: (5) Advanced Energy 23 ...

  • Posted July 24, 2015
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100 kW Rooftop Array: Braiden Hall

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Namasté Solar (CO)
  • The Atmosphere Conservancy (CO)

Ballasted Mounting on flat roof (12 deg) & Direct Mounting on Tilt portion (20 deg). PV Panel Type: (392) ReneSola 255 watt Inverter Type: (5) Advanced Energy 23 (2), 16 ...

  • Posted July 24, 2015
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99 kW Rooftop Array: University Center for the Arts

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Namasté Solar (CO)
  • The Atmosphere Conservancy (CO)

Ballasted Mounting.University Center for the Arts. PV Panel Type: (323) Trina 305 watt Inverter Type: (4) SMA 24(1), 20(3) kW

  • Posted July 24, 2015
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92 kW Rooftop Array: Edwards Hall

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Namasté Solar (CO)
  • The Atmosphere Conservancy (CO)

Ballasted Mounting.Edwards Hall. PV Panel Type: (301) Trina 305 watt Inverter Type: (4) SMA 24(1), 20(2), 15(1) kW

  • Posted July 24, 2015
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1.2 MW - 4 Solar Installations

  • Bowdoin College (ME)
  • SolarCity

Bowdoin's 1.2 megawatt solar power complex includes approximately 4,420 solar panels at four major installations: rooftop systems on Farley Field House, the Sidney J. Watson Arena, and ...

  • Posted July 1, 2015
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This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. Additional content and advanced benchmarking tools will be added to this tab over time.

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Energy Partners

Edison Energy

Irvine, CA
Business Leader

Legrand North America, LLC

Carlsbad, CA
Business Leader
Legrand Building Control Systems provides digital lighting controls, shading and remote services.

Pharos Systems International

Rochester, NY
Business Leader
A certified B Corp, Pharos helps universities reveal wasteful habits and hidden costs making campus printing less expensive, more mindful, and more sustainable.

8760 Engineering

St. Louis, MO
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Energy Master Planning / Metering / Retrofits, Advanced Cx, Retro-Cx and Central Plant Optimization.

Ameresco, Inc.

Framingham, MA
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American Council on Renewable Energy

Washington, DC
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Celtic Energy, Inc.

Glastonbury, CT
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Center for Resource Solutions | Green-e

San Francisco, CA
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Green-e® is the only certification for renewable energy and carbon offsets accepted by AASHE STARS, setting quality standards and ensuring purchasers receive full environmental benefits.

CustomerFirst Renewables

Gaithersburg, MD
Business Affiliate
CFR is an innovative, renewable energy advisory firm focused on bringing large-scale solutions directly to clients. CFR solutions typically meet up to 100% of power needs, cost less than brown power, and mitigate price uncertainty.

Energy Solutions Professionals, LLC

Overland Park, KS
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Energy Strategies

Salt Lake City, UT
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Helping higher education clients instill confidence in their energy decisions by supplementing their capabilities with our experienced, multi-disciplinary consultancy services

Energy Systems Group (ESG)

Newburgh, IN
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First American Education Finance

Fairport, NY
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First American Education Finance provides customized financing solutions to help schools solve their unique challenges - from complex projects such as energy-efficiency upgrades and campus improvements to equipment management.

Fit for Green Inc.

Mission Viejo, CA
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Fit for Green actively engages people across all 3 pillars of sustainability during exercise. They are a provider of specialized commercial gym equipment.

GreenerU

Watertown, MA
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SolGreen Solutions

Alexandria, VA
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Strategic Energy Innovations

San Rafael, CA
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Helping communities embrace sustainability.

Sunbolt

Willow Grove, PA
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Sunbolt creates solar-powered charging workstations. Featuring an unmatched solar array, these outdoor workstations are fully equipped to charge smart phones, laptops and other electronic devices.

Sun Charge Systems

Cleveland, AL
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