Building and facility Energy use is a major contributor to green house gas emissions, as the more energy is required the more work 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.
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
ENERGY SAVING DASHBOARD from Student Organization ECO
Wonder what those ECO Board Kiosks are displaying?
Our online Lucid Dashboard is an Energy Tracking System. It is showing, in real time, how much electricity is being consumed in several main buildings on Coral Gables campus.
ECO Board used the online tool for an energy saving competition last year, but everybody can have access to it.
Go check how much energy your building is saving, visit
UM Energy Saving Tracking System
>The brand new Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios will generate solar energy thanks to a 70KW Photovoltaic solar panel system able to power the whole building !
> Forgot your phone charger? Why not recharge in style with our very own Solar-Powered phone charging station located in front of Richter Library? And while you’re there, be sure to check out our solar trash and recycling
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.
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”
The following is a list of energy conservation initiatives and best practices implemented by the Energy Management department.
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.
Our New Neuroscience Building is LEED Silver certified, and is equipped with Solar Water Heater
Solar Water Heaters use solar energy to serve cage wash, lab sinks and domestic use.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.