Dramatic energy savings can be seen through the use of energy efficient equipment and materials for construction and renovation of buildings. Although slightly more costly initially than traditional equipment and materials, energy efficient items have a greater payback rate and eventually have the ability to save money. The following are energy efficiency features that some of the new construction projects on campus are incorporating.
Energy Savings Measures for the Anschutz Medical Campus
- Participation in Xcel’s energy savings programs
- Low-E, high visible transmittance window glazing
- Building Automation System control of HVAC equipment and scheduling
- Horizontal window overhangs
- Increased roof and wall insulation
- Occupancy sensor lighting control
- Dual level lighting switching
- Central energy management system lighting sweep after hours
- Lighting manual dimming
- Reduced direct lighting intensity
- Utilization of energy efficient lighting
- Premium efficiency electric motors
- High efficiency electric transformers
- Variable speed drives for electric motors
- CO2 control of outside air
- High efficiency chillers at Central Utility Plant
- Direct evaporative cooling methods
- Variable flow fume hoods
- Building energy recovery systems
By adapting these energy saving methods to some of the various projects around campus and using eco-friendly building practices rather than traditional methods, the amount of energy saved is enough for 1,100 average Colorado homes for 1 year. For home appliance energy use calculators, energy analyzer, ways to save energy and more, visit the Energy Efficiency Tools section of the Xcel Energy website.
Old buildings were built in a time when energy was cheap and the technology did not exist to provide energy efficient alternative to traditional construction methods. The following are things the university is doing to increase energy efficiency in some of the existing buildings.
- Light Occupancy controls
- Variable speed drives on electric motors
- Improved ventilation and air conditioning controls
- Reduce ventilation in unoccupied labs, offices, and conference rooms
- Improved building heating
- Renovation of building ventilation equipment
- New building control and automation systems
- Replace worn out equipment with energy efficient equipment
For information on the Engineering Services section of Facilities Management, please email my.CU.edu Roen, Phone 303-724-1103.
Engineering develops specific standards as necessary to support operations. Current standards include: metering, infrastructure connections, various building automation requirements, evaporative cooling, custom air-handling-units, and other miscellaneous concerns.
Project design documents and construction progress is reviewed for standards compliance, good engineering practice, and overall coordination.
For information on the Engineering Services section of Facilities Management, please contact: my.CU.edu Roen, Phone 303-724-1103 Email: my.CU.edu.Roen@UCDENVER.edu