Energy Reduction Plan

Overall Plan: Auburn University Facilities will work to reduce energy usage, utility consumption, energy costs, and the University's carbon footprint by utilizing the following strategies:

1.    Increased efficiency of utility production and distribution systems

2.    Improved performance and efficiency of University building systems.

3.    Increased use of energy saving or energy efficient technologies and operational best practices.

4.    Increased energy awareness and energy conservation efforts by all AU Faculty, Students and Staff.

Auburn Facilities Energy Goals:

       I.       To reduce the overall consumption of purchased electricity (kWh) for the University a minimum of 5% by 2020 when compared to a 2010 baseline. This consumption number will include future growth of the campus.

      II.    To reduce the overall consumption of purchased gas (MMBtu) for the University a minimum of 5% by 2020 when compared to a 2010 baseline. This consumption number will include future growth of the campus.

     III.    To reduce the overall consumption of purchased water (kGal) for the University a minimum of 5% by 2020 when compared to a 2010 baseline. This consumption number will include future growth of the campus.

    IV.    To reduce the overall average electricity energy intensity (kWh use per square foot) of Auburn University facilities 10% by 2015 and 15% by 2020 when compared to a 2004 baseline.

     V.    To reduce the overall average water use intensity (kGal use per square foot) of Auburn University facilities 20% by 2015 and 30% by 2020 when compared to a 2007 baseline.

    VI.    To improve utility plant efficiency 5% by 2015 and 10% by 2020 when compared to a 2011 baseline.

   VII.    To reduce domestic water, natural gas, chilled water, and hot water utility distribution system losses 50% by 2015 and 75% by 2020 when compared to a 2012 baseline.

VIII.    To have utility plant and building energy systems operations and maintenance programs managed and conducted using industry best practices.


Strategy 1: Increased Efficiency of Utility Production and Distribution Systems

1.1 Conduct a Thermal Imaging Survey of utility distribution Systems to identify energy losses.

FY11 Goal: To complete a thermographic survey of the Hot Water (HW), Steam, and Electric Distribution systems. Utilizing the results of this survey, develop FY11 and FY12 projects to repair leaks.

1.2 Conduct an engineering survey of the domestic water and natural gas distribution systems to identify leaks.

FY11 Goal: To complete a survey of the potable water systems from the point of purchase from the City of Auburn and natural gas systems from the point of purchase from Alagasco throughout the University campus to identify areas were leaks or system losses occur. Utilizing the results of this survey, develop FY11 and FY12 project to repair leaks.

1.3 PerformRetro-Commissioning of Utility Plants

FY11 Goal: Complete Retro-Commissioning of Central Chilled Water, Hot Water, and Steam Plants. Utilizing the results of this survey, develop FY11 and FY12 projects to improve plant efficiencies or operations.

1.4 Implementa Predictive Maintenance Program for Utility Plant equipment

FY11 Goal: Apply predictive maintenance best practices into the maintenance programs for the equipment in the District Energy Plants.

1.5 Increasethe number of campus buildings connected to the HW and CW central distribution systems.

FY11 Goal: Continue to connect campus buildings to the HW and CW central distribution systems and eliminate standalone, building specific chillers and boilers.

1.6 Increasethe metering of utility systems and campus buildings to provide more detailed utility consumption and usage data.

FY11 Goal: Develop a long range plan to increase the metering of utility systems and buildings to provide increased capability to monitor utility/energy usage. Implement top 10 priority meters in FY11.

1.7 Develop a Plan for Boiler "Dry Lay-Up"

FY11 Goal: Develop a plan to place boilers in a dry lay-up status. Identify facilities where this is required. Implement several lay ups in FY11.

Strategy 2: Improved Performance and Efficiency of University Building Systems

2.1 Establishand implement a campus wide building setback standard.

FY11 Goal: To develop and implement a campus wide setback standard for night and weekend building systems heating, cooling, and lighting set points to conserve energy. Implement for top 50 academic and administrative facilities on campus in FY11. Implement for remaining academic and administrative facilities during FY12.

2.2 Expand Continuous-commissioning and Retro-Commissioning programs.

FY11 Goal: Expand the Continuous Commissioning and Retro-Commissioning programs to establish a review of all eligible campus buildings on a six year cycle. For FY11, implement improvement actions identified by FY10 studies. Initiate studies on 10 additional facilities in FY11.

2.3 Increasethe utilization of Metasys Energy Management System to better manage building energy operations.

FY11 Goal: Increase the utilization of Metasys to reduce building energy use by managing facility heating/cooling operations through the use of system monitoring, setbacks, alarms. Increase the ability of the Facilities staff to operate campus buildings using Metasys to achieve this advanced level of operation.

2.4 Improvethe Preventive Maintenance Program for building energy equipment.

FY11 Goal: Improve the Preventive Maintenance Program for the AHUs, distributed chillers, coils, heat exchangers, pumps, boilers, and other equipment to improve equipment performance, efficiency and reliability. Increase the use of industry best practices and the use of predictive maintenance practices. Train Maintenance staff personnel as needed to achieve this goal.

2.5 DevelopBuilding Commissioning Standards for new Facilities.

FY11 Goal: Develop a set of Building Commissioning Standards, tailored to specific building types, to be utilized on all new facilities. FY11 goal is to develop a contract specification to utilize on University construction contracts for new facilities.

2.6 Establish a LEED standard for new Auburn University Facilities.

FY11 Goal: Establish a University policy regarding the LEED standard, and any standard credits to be achieved on new University facilities.

Strategy 3: Increased Use of Energy Saving or Energy Efficient Technologies

3.1 Continue Building Lighting Retrofit Program.

FY11 Goal: Continue to replace lights in campus facilities with newer, more energy efficient bulbs.

3.2 DevelopProjects for Solar Hot Water Pre-Heat

FY11 Goal: Investigate the feasibility of using solar hot water heaters to preheat or heat domestic water for use in University facilities. Develop several pilot projects to implement in FY12.

3.3 InitiateFeasibility Studies for Solar Photovoltaics, Ice Cooling, and Cogeneration

FY11 Goal: Conduct studies to assess the feasibility and applicability

of using solar photovoltaics, ice storage/cooling, and cogeneration on the Auburn campus.

3.4 EvaluateHawk ICS Systems for Boilers for Use Across All District Systems

FY11 Goal: Evaluate Hawk ICS Systems for Boilers and potentially

replicate across all District Energy Plants. Complete assessment in FY11 and if recommended, prepare for FY12 implementation.

3.5 InitiateFeasibility Studies for the Use of Economizers and Reheat Systems

FY11 Goal: Assess the feasibility of economizers using condenser

water for pre-chilling CW systems. Assess the use of reheat systems to capture waste heat to pre-heat HW systems. Complete assessment in FY11 and if recommended, develop projects for FY12 implementation.

3.6 Assess the Feasibility of "Green Roofs" on University Facilities

FY11 Goal: Assess the feasibility and applicability of the use of "green roofs" on University facilities. This study should consider maintenance and roof damage considerations. As applicable, identify candidate facilities or projects for implementation.

3.7 Assess the Feasibility of Power Factor Correction to Improve System Efficiency

FY11 Goal: Assess the feasibility of using power factor correction technology to improve the performance of major building or energy plant equipment. Identify key areas where this technology may be applicable. Develop pilot projects for FY12 implementation.



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