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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.
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.
The buildings database offers energy-related data for most campus buildings, allowing facilities managers to more easily monitor their building’s energy usage.
Buildings in the Energy Management program have reduced energy consumption by 10.1% in FY 2016.
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.