Energy

Here are our Summer U Conserve winners,
Thanks for being part of the top 12 buildings who have reached their 5% energy consumption target:

- Weeks Music Library
& Tech Center
- Dooly Memorial
Building
- Meyer Law
Administration (C)
- Campo Sano - Wolfson Building - Hecht Athletic Center
- Pick Hall - Meyer Law Library (D) - Ferre Building
- Merrick Building - Lowe Art Museum - Pentland House

Congrats to Merrick, Dooly Memorial and the other 10 buildings who reached their U Conserve Energy target this summer. Special thanks to FPL, Lucid Energy Dashboards and MDC Water and Sewer Dpt for supporting this campaign.

Thanks to our sponsors Florida Power and Light and Lucid 
Here are our Survey winners, as well as the results from that U Conserve Energy Survey.
Dacia Antonette Simpson - Classroom Management
Alicia Corral - Planning and Development
Daniel Medina - MBS Faculty 
   
Law Complex, Campo Sano, Lowe Museum and more... 

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CORAL GABLES CAMPUS - SUMMER EDITION
The building having reached the most savings by July 31st will be invited to a special U Conserve Lunch!

- May 7: Activation and training

Your answers will help prioritize our energy conservation efforts and save more energy for a greener U.The best four answers to the open question will receive a prize! (1st prize: a U speaker for your smart phone; 2nd prize: a U charger for your phone; 3rd prize: a Solar phone charger) 

*Our Dashboard covers the Coral Gables campus only. Some buildings may not be connected to the dashboard just yet.  U Conserve - Fall Edition: Sept 3 - Nov 30

2 - Schedule a 10 minute presentation with greenu@miami.edu or simply call 305.284.8520
3 - if you're not already a Facilities Liaison, be part of our Green Liaison program

- June 1st: Start implementing energy conservation strategies
4 - Download the U Conserve flyer for your office
6 - You can start saving energy and measure your performance with our Energy Dashboard* available below. Your goal will be to lower your monthly energy consumption by 5% from the previous year as shown on the second graph of your dashboard.

If possible, use natural day lighting and adjust window blinds accordingly, just like our AVP for Investments and Treasury, Charmel Maynard.
- July 31: Final results

- Aug 6: Winner will be announced as well as date
and location of the U Conserve Lunch. 

ENERGY DASHBOARD
CHECK your building performance
Allen Hall
Campo Sano
Casa Bacardi - ICCAS
Communication International Building
Cox Neuroscience
Dooly Memorial Classroom Building
Facilities-1535 Levante Building
Ferre Building
Foster Practice Building
Frost School of Music North Wing
Frost School of Music South Wing
Gables One Tower
Gusman Concert Hall
Hecht Athletic Center
Herbert Wellness Center
Herman Ring Theatre
Jenkins Building
La Gorce House
Lau Founder's Hall
Lowe Art Museum
McArthur Engineering Building
McKnight Building
Merrick Building
Meyer Law Administration (C)
Meyer Law Library (D)
Orovitz Building
Pentland House
Perez Architecture Center
Pick Hall
Rainbow Building
Rehearsal Center
School of Architecture 49
School of Nursing and Health Studies
Toppel Career Center
Weeks Music Library & Tech Ctr
Whitten Learning Center
Wolfson Building

*Our Dashboard covers the Coral Gables campus only. Some buildings may not be connected to the dashboard just yet.  
U Conserve - Fall Edition: Sept 3 - Nov 30
Green Tips for the Office:

1. Set computer on sleep mode (here ). 

2. Turn electronics off at night and on weekends to save energy. 

3. If possible, use natural day lighting and adjust window blinds accordingly. 

4. Turn off the lights when you leave. 

5. Set your AC thermostat on 74° F (default temp. for controlled units on campus). 

6. Set your AC unit on 78° F when you leave your space for the day.

7. Support this effort by reporting any energy or water waste to our Facilities Customer Service Department at (305) 284-8282

Visit our Energy Conservation tips page

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Check your school buildings performance
College of Arts and Science
College of Engineering
School of Architecture
School of Business
School of Communication
School of Education
School of Law
School of Music
School of Nursing and Health Studies
Check your Residence Hall performance
Eaton Residential College
Hecht - McDonald Tower
Hecht - Pentland Tower
Hecht - Stanford Dining
Mahoney Residential College
Pearson Residential College
Stanford - Rosborough Tower
Stanford - Walsh Tower
Stanford Commons
University Village 1
University Village 2
University Village 3
University Village 4
University Village 5
University Village 6
University Village 7

 

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CORAL GABLES  -    MEDICAL  -  RSMAS

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

The Coral Gables campus has sustained a growth trend over the past 5 fiscal of 6.8% totaling approximately 350,000 gross square feet. This sustained growth has resulted in both major and minor renovations to existing facilities, demolition of aged facilities and the addition of new building construction. This steady and sustainable growth is planned to continue well into the future based on the Campus Master Plan Projections, the addition of 198,349 GSF, an increase of 3.6% of GSF for FY-14

HISTORY OF ENERGY CONSERVATION
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.

FUTURE 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”
U CONSERVE 2016
The last results of the 2016 survey helped us prioritize our energy conservation efforts and save even more energy. UM has invested heavily in Green buildings in the past 10 years, buildings that are reducing our total energy consumption despite a growing campus. Our goal at Green U is for the University to lower its Carbon footprint even more, because we all know that the more energy we use, the more impact we have on the climate. We may sometimes feel powerless, even though we are really concerned by the health of our community and our planet as a whole. The good news is that there are many things that we can do in the workplace to improve the situation and reach that goal.

 

With our Online Lucid Energy Dashboard, you can benchmark your building against others on campus, and see in real time how your actions affect your energy consumption. Where do you go from there? Order an energy audit with us!
 
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MEDICAL - visit Green U Health


The following is a list of energy conservation initiatives and best practices implemented by the Energy Management department.

CHILLER PLANTS

HVAC is a major component of the total energy expenditure in a building, Campus Facilities are heavily reliant on the utilization of air conditioning and humidity control systems.  Chiller plants are major systems that produce refrigerated chilled water needed to deliver air conditioning to commercial/ institutional buildings.  Our Chiller Plant initiatives include:
■ Expansion plan to increase central chilled water plant production to eliminate inefficient standalone equipment.
■ Migration and expansion of campus wide Energy Management Systems (EMS).
■ A robust preventive maintenance (PM) program ensures the equipment operates optimally and extends its useful life.
■ Curtailable electrical rate in exchange for the ability to shut down utility plant equipment during periods of peak demand.
■ Monitoring of equipment run times to adjust to the academic calendar needs. 
■ Modification of operational schedules to reduce equipment run-times (ex: cleaning schedules).
■ Coordination with the Office of the Registrar to complete shutdown of select buildings.
■ Ongoing benchmarking and programs to perform test and balance to ensure equipment optimization meet building demands.
■ Monthly energy reporting to monitor building occupant energy consumption.
BUILDING MECHANICAL SYSTEMS
Building mechanical systems consist of equipment needed to distribute chilled water to air conditioning equipment, and in turn distribute conditioned air to the occupied spaces within the building.  Our Building Mechanical Systems initiatives include:
■ Use of Energy Management Systems (EMS) to monitor and adjust equipment run times to satisfy building needs.
■ Implementation of efficiently engineered mechanical systems such as Variable Air Volume (VAV) systems.
■ Installation of Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) in air conditioning and pump motors.

■ Installation of energy recovery systems that use return air energy from the occupied
space to assist in conditioning incoming fresh air.
■ Implementation of a robust preventive maintenance program to ensure equipment optimization and extend useful life.
■ Standardization of room temperatures throughout all campus buildings

LIGHTING SYSTEMS

Interior lighting is a major component of the total energy expenditure in a building
and is heavily reliant on the utilization of automated lighting systems and controls. The Interior lighting retrofit initiative / program objective is campus-wide for buildings and facilities in the standards, design of lighting and implementation of energy efficient
lighting technologies.  Our Lighting Systems initiatives include:
■ Installation of occupancy sensors in restrooms, common areas, hallways, offices, and classrooms.
■ Elimination of all T-12 fluorescent lamps and magnetic ballasts and conversion to T-8 fluorescent lamps with electronic ballasts.
■ Elimination of incandescent lamp uses and purchases on campus.
■ Program to install Light Emitting Dioxides (LED) lamps and compact fluorescent (CFL) lamps for improved energy savings and lighting quality.
■ Implement daylight harvesting where applicable.
■ Relamping program to consistently upgrade/update to latest lamp technology.
■ Continuous research of innovative lighting system technologies.
Exterior Lighting is a major component of the total energy expenditure on campus.  The department is committed to an exterior lighting retrofit program with the most energy efficient lighting technology while keeping campus grounds secured for all students, employees, and visitors.  Our Exterior Lighting initiatives includes:
■ Installation of LEDs and CFLs in pedestrian walkways (Ashe, Cox Plaza, Alumni Building parking lot).
■ Retrofitting of over 20 exterior areas of campus from halogen lamps to LEDs and CFLs.
■ Retrofitting of all campus parking garages to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
■ Installation of 2 standalone solar lamp systems.
Recent Lighting retrofits have resulted in an instant wattage reduction exceeding over 100,000 kWh and significant reduction rates are expected through our ongoing retrofit programs.
Building Electrical Loads
Building electrical loads (“plug loads”) comprises of office equipment, refrigeration, computers, residence halls, appliances, and other loads that plug into an electrical receptacle.  Our initiatives in this area include:
■ Installation of power monitoring devices, including campus vending machines that shut down after a period of inactivity.
■ Implementation of a purchasing policy mandating the acquisitions of Energy Star appliances/ equipment.
Water Systems
The Energy department has implemented aggressive standards, practices and technologies to optimize the campus’s water use and further promote the University’s water conservation efforts.  Our Water initiatives in this area include:
■ Replacement of all student resident halls and apartments shower heads to low flow models.
■ Installation of timer setting controls on the campus irrigation systems.
■ Ongoing aggressive leak detection program to prevent excessive water consumption.
■ Ongoing replacement program of urinals and toilets to low flow models.
■ Ongoing conversion of campus irrigation systems to well water in lieu of domestic water usage.
Building Envelope
Included continuously surveys and inspection of the structural systems of all campus buildings in order to identify needed improvements to prevent energy consumption.  Our Building Envelope initiatives in this area include:
■ Implementation of an aggressive roof inspection program.
■ Installation of window tinting with energy saving film. 
■ Building inspection program to identify and repair areas to reduce energy consumption.
Fleet Management
Real Estate and Facilities Management understands the environmental impact of fossil fuels and the contribution of gas powered vehicles utilized on campus.  The department is committed to the reduction of the campus emissions footprint contributed by its service vehicle fleet.  Our Fleet initiatives include:
■  Implementation of an “anti-idling” policy for the department’s service fleet.
■  Replacement program of inefficient gas powered vehicles to electrical powered utility vehicles.
■  Reduction program of high fuel consuming utility vehicles from the department’s service fleet.
■  Monthly monitoring of fuel consumption to identify opportunities to reduce fuel consumption.