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Engineering is responsible for various programs that provide value to the construction and operation of campus buildings and infrastructure. Efficient energy utilization of campus buildings is an important aspect of this program. Energy engineering includes analysis of utilities, efficiency improvements, standards development, project review, and energy conservation measures. Engineering also manages the Building Automation System and the Central Utility Plant. Oversight of specific Regulatory Compliance issues is also part of this program.
Energy efficiency is a very serious topic on the CU Denver campus. By employing energy saving measures, not only does the campus save money on operating costs it helps the environment.
Energy Saving Initiatives
Energy Savings Tips
A Building Automation System uses computer panels to control building mechanical systems such as heating, ventilating and air conditioning, and can be used to optimize other energy conservation measures
Although slightly more costly than traditional methods, the new university projects are adapting energy saving methods and using eco-friendly building practices. The amount of energy saved is enough for 1,100 average Colorado homes for one year.
The Facilities Audit is used to grade the overall condition of various campus buildings. The grade helps to identify and prioritize deferred maintenance project planning and associated costs.
The Central Utility Plant (CUP) is the heart of campus energy distribution for building heating and cooling needs. The CUP uses natural gas to generate high pressure steam, which is piped in a campus loop.
Various aspects of building operations require compliance with environmental regulations issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (this does not include medical research).
Storm Water Prevention
Environmentally Friendly Housekeeping Practices
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