Reduce Emissions at the Source
- Building Automation System (BAS)
The BAS monitors and optimizes building control subsystems, including lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, equipment scheduling, and alarm reporting. When a room's temperature goes outside the set range, a facilities operator is alerted and dispatched to the site to take any action needed (like closing a window, for example) to return the temperature to the normal range.
- Chiller Loops
We connect the chillers in our buildings in loops, which helps optimizes their efficiency.
- Classroom Temperature Monitoring
We program a timed range of temperatures in classrooms to save energy when rooms are unoccupied at night.
AU conducts ongoing building "commissioning" to ensure that our buildings are being used in the way they were designed to be used. When we change the way we use a building - for example from classrooms to offices - the internal systems need to be altered to reflect those changes.
We upgraded our T-12 sized fluorescent tube lighting to narrower T-8 tubes, which provide substantial emissions and financial savings.
- LED Lights
Energy efficient LED (Light-Emitting-Diode) lights are used in the SIS parking garage, in the lamps that light pathways on campus, in vending machines, in the Tavern in the Mary Graydon Center, and in a growing number of other applications on campus.
- Preventive Maintenance
Equipment is most energy efficient when it is running the way it was built to run. We perform routinely scheduled preventative maintenance inspections, cleaning, and tune-ups to keep our equipment running at peak efficiency.
Meters have been installed that monitor various energy sources in every building on campus, helping to better track our usage and identify opportunities to reduce our consumption.