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Reduce Emissions at the Source 


  • Building Automation System (BAS)

The BAS monitors and optimizes building control subsystems, including lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, equipment scheduling, and alarm reporting. When a room's temperature goes outside the set range, a facilities operator is alerted and dispatched to the site to take any action needed (like closing a window, for example) to return the temperature to the normal range.

  • Chiller Loops

We connect the chillers in our buildings in loops, which helps optimizes their efficiency.

  • Classroom Temperature Monitoring

We program a timed range of temperatures in classrooms to save energy when rooms are unoccupied at night.

  • Commissioning

AU conducts ongoing building "commissioning" to ensure that our buildings are being used in the way they were designed to be used. When we change the way we use a building - for example from classrooms to offices - the internal systems need to be altered to reflect those changes.

  • Lighting

We upgraded our T-12 sized fluorescent tube lighting to narrower T-8 tubes, which provide substantial emissions and financial savings.

  • LED Lights

Energy efficient LED (Light-Emitting-Diode) lights are used in the SIS parking garage, in the lamps that light pathways on campus, in vending machines, in the Tavern in the Mary Graydon Center, and in a growing number of other applications on campus.

  • Preventive Maintenance

Equipment is most energy efficient when it is running the way it was built to run. We perform routinely scheduled preventative maintenance inspections, cleaning, and tune-ups to keep our equipment running at peak efficiency.

  • Meters

Meters have been installed that monitor various energy sources in every building on campus, helping to better track our usage and identify opportunities to reduce our consumption.