A key component of the University’s carbon reduction roadmap is the Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) program, a multi-year commitment by the University to retrofit our most energy inefficient buildings. The first phase of the ECM program that is being implemented this year will cover 24 campus buildings and is expected to reduce the University’s electricity usage by over 5.5 million kWh per year, as well as a significant amount of steam and chilled water. This first phase represents a $4 million investment from the University and will reduce our carbon footprint by over 4,000 metric tons.
The ECM program includes updating heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems within the buildings, as well as installing more efficient lighting. In addition, all renovated buildings will be equipped with room occupancy sensors and digital controls, enabling more granular usage of energy when and where it is needed.
Eleven campus buildings have been completed as of April: Crowley Hall, Galvin Life Sciences, Haggar Hall, Hanks Aquatic Center, Hesburgh Library, Lewis Hall, Mason Services Center, O’Shaughnessy Hall, Reyniers Building, Riley Hall, and St. Michael’s Laundry. In addition to the energy and environmental benefits, building occupants have been very satisfied with the improved lighting quality. “It is all a lot brighter now,” commented Erik Dix, Archivist at the Hesburgh Library. “What I like the most is that it saves energy.”
Thirteen additional buildings are slated to be completed over the next several months, and the University is developing conceptual designs for additional phases of the ECM program. For more information on the ECM program and to see if your building will be affected, please click here.