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Looking for information on energy management? You’ve come to the right place. We’re the Planet Blue Operations Team, and we’re committed to conservation everywhere on campus.

Medical Science Research

Medical Science
Research Buildings

Medical Science Research Building III

Energy Conservation Measure

Description of problem: It was noted by occupants and the Planet Blue Operation Team that lights were lit during unoccupied times and the heating and cooling ventilation was also active during the unoccupied times in offices and office “alcoves”.

ECM recommendation: Install occupancy sensors and HVAC controls in the office areas to turn off lighting and airflow during scheduled off hours. These new control upgrades will reduce the overall heating, cooling and electrical energy usage.

Estimated savings: $86,600/yr savings. $231,000 project cost with a 2.7 year payback.

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Taubmann

Taubman Biological
Science Research
Building

Taubman Biological Science Research Building

Engineering a Better Building

Description of Problem: It was noted by occupants and the Planet Blue Operation Team that lights were lit during unoccupied times and the heating and cooling ventilation was also active during the unoccupied times in the office ribbon.

ECM recommendation: Install occupancy sensors in the ribbon area offices to control lighting and HVAC off during unoccupied times. In addition, the ribbon area office fans schedule will be modified to turn the fans off during night hours. The new lighting and HVAC upgrades will reduce the overall utility usage and provide energy savings.

Estimated savings: $113,100/yr savings. $200,000 project cost with a 1.8 year payback.

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The buildings database offers energy-related data for most campus buildings, allowing facilities managers to more easily monitor their building’s energy usage.

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Buildings in the Planet Blue Operations Team program have reduced energy consumption by 8.4% in FY 2013.

Read more about it in the article: Annual Energy Consumption Decreases

rackham

RACKHAM
Energy Conservation
Project

Rackham Graduate School

Engineering a Better Building

Description of problem: Lights (chandeliers and wall sconces) in reading rooms were turned on daily at 6:00am and off at 11:00pm to make stately reading rooms warm and inviting. Some on 24/7. Rooms were seldom occupied for extended lengths of time.
ECM recommendation: Occupancy and daylight sensors installed to take advantage of ambient daylight and periods of inactivity.Team worked with bldg. mgr. & users to pilot alcove room to verify the ambience of the room was maintained.Signage installed to educate occupants.
Estimated savings: Lights on for ~35/hrs wk, down from (up to)168 hrs/wk Electricity savings: 278,560 kWh/yr Annual Savings: $21,310 Project Cost: $59,321 Payback: 2.7 yrs
No complaints from customers!

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useyour

powerwisely

Power Tip 18
Do not leave your computer running overnight and on weekends. Also, wait until you are ready to use it before you turn it on.

Learn more about the Stop Energy Waste Campaign