Energy

Energy conservationRenewable energyU Green Reserve - Coral Gables RSMAS - Miller School of Medicine


Building and facility Energy use is a major contributor to green house gas emissions, as the more energy is required the more energy conswork a plant must provide to supply that energy. As a result the University of Miami is constantly looking for ways to reduce energy requirements. Please click on the links for each campus to get more information. 

CORAL GABLES - RSMAS

The Coral Gables campus is a very dynamic and expanding landscape. The infrastructure and the facilities are constantly changing and growing to meet the needs of the students, Faculty, Staff and Visitors of the University. Energy costs are a substantial portion of the operating budget, requiring careful and constant scrutiny. Energy Conservation practices, efficient equipment operation and maintenance has been a part of the Facilities Operating Plan for well over 18 years.


ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION

For the purpose of the Baseline comparisons FY-09 has been established to be our base year. From FY09 to FY13, the campus consumed 362 Million Kilo Watt Hours (Mkwh). This represents an annual average consumption of 72 Mkwh per year or an annual decrease of approximately 5.2% in yearly consumption as compared to our base year FY09.

FY13 represents our most successful Electricity energy savings over this term. The Total consumption for FY13 was 68 Mkwh representing a 9% consumption savings as compared to FY09.
Electrical Conservation Actions (Past & Current):

The majority of quick payback energy saving actions has been accomplished. Going forward additional savings will be attained through careful monitoring and analysis of building systems and utilities consumption data, resulting in modifications and adjustments of existing building systems to maintain and improve energy consumption efficiencies.

Electrical consumption reduction has been the main focus over the past 5 years. Significant energy conservation improvements and activities during this period have included:

- Construction of new LEED Buildings.
- Improved management of our Utility Plants CHW loop control strategies and set points to reduce the cost of Chilled Water production.
- Refrigerants upgrades to improve our chilled water loop system performance.
- Interior Lighting retrofit from T12 to T8 lamps with electronic ballast.
- Exterior LED and CFL lighting retrofits reducing wattage.
- Occupancy sensors in all buildings.
- BACnet EMS installation.
- Utility Plants upgrade of chiller to High performance energy efficient units to address additional load.
- High Efficiency Motor replacements.
- Campus wide efficiency setback of thermostats during campus break.
- Establishment of a campus Wide Set point of 74 Deg (+/- 1.5)
- On-going routine and preventive maintenance of building mechanical systems equipment to maximize their efficiency.
- Energy Audits: FPL in 2011 found the campus to be advanced in energy saving activities and improvements.


OTHER ELECTRICITY CONSERVATION ACTIONS:

- Continue load shifting to off peak hours.
- Continue including lighting retrofits, EMS and multi-zone Variable-Air-Volume HVAC systems, Variable Frequency Drives on Air Handler Units and pumps on major and minor building remodel projects as appropriate.
- Continue Interior lighting retrofits as equipments fail.
- Continue installing occupancy and daylight harvesting sensors where applicable.
- Continue installing converting exterior lighting from timers to photocell.
- Continue High Efficiency Motor replacements as motors fail.
- Continue EMS retrofits during major remodels.
- Consolidate off period activities into selected energy efficient buildings so less efficient buildings can be set to unoccupied status.
- Expand “Energy Saving Awareness Campaigns”