Energy efficiency projects are done in coordination with the Utility Engineering Department. Here is a sample of recent projects.
- Better lighting controls, occupancy sensors and use of natural daylighting are standard design features in all new building construction and renovations.
- Light Emitting Diode (LED) Exit Signs - Emergency exit signs in every campus building were replaced during the 2003-2004 school year. Each exit is now equipped with an efficient LED sign which, by code, is required to run 24 hours a day seven days a week. With a total of 3,000 signs on campus, and the old signs running at 40 - 100 watts, the new 2 watt LED signs are providing a significant energy savings.
HVAC and Mechanical Systems
Controls and Monitoring
- All campus buildings served by the Main Campus District Energy Plant are tied to a centralized automation controls system. The system's 60,000 control "points" monitor the temperature, air flow and humidity within all buildings and are controlled through a sophisticated time and scheduling program by our in-house Controls team.
- OSi Pi software was implemented to integrate the various different building monitoring systems used on campus.
- Ungulate Building - Replacement of controls valves, upgrades to the "front-ends" and reprogramming of the boilers and heating system .
- Rubenstein Laboratory at Waterfront - Adjustments were done to the Min/Max space temperatures, and testing of HVAC occupancy sensors.
- Terrill Hall - Completed improvements to fume hoods amd VFD's on fans and controls.
- Many improvements have been made to insulate buildings, walls and windows on campus to improve thermal envelope.
- We proactively monitor billing data and water meters to detect and repair leaks in a timely manner.