Energy Management

Our Energy Manager is responsible for reducing the University energy budget using strategies that are both technical and creative, without negatively impacting the comfort and convenience of the campus community. Some of the main aspects of Energy Management include:

  • Raising awareness with regards to energy conservation.
  • Defining the needs of the campus with respect to facilities and the use of energy resources.
  • Defining and implementing courses of action designed to optimize the use of energy resources.
  • Encouraging the cooperation and participation of campus constituents.

Our Success

During this last year, we have been very successful in significantly reducing our utility consumption. In particular, we have successfully reduced our electric consumption by over 11%! The cooperative support of much of the campus community has helped significantly in achieving these results. But in order to be truly successful, we need everyone's support, and specifically, your ideas!

If you have any ideas on how to conserve resources, please contact us. We will be happy to publicize all viable ideas and work towards their implementation.

Interesting Facts

  • Historically, the average temperature of classrooms, offices, etc. on our campus during the winter was 74-75 degrees. Extensive surveys indicated that 44% of campus space was maintained at 73 degrees or higher.

    SOLUTION: The University of Dayton has implemented a new guideline for space temperatures. Simply stated, private offices will now have a year-round temperature range of 70 - 74 degrees, controlled by the thermostat, where applicable. For common areas, there is be a standard temperature of 71 degrees in the winter and 74 degrees in the summer. This provides for a reasonable comfort range, and also limits the excessive use of resources.
  • In many spaces throughout campus, 50% of the time that lights were on, there was nobody in the space. That is to say, lights were being left on twice as much as necessary.

    SOLUTION: Occupancy sensors have been installed throughout much of the campus. Eventually, all classrooms, conference rooms and many offices will include occupancy sensors. Simply stated, lights will no longer stay on after the occupants have left the area. The result has been a significant reduction in energy consumption, with no inconvenience to you, our customer.

What can I do to help?

Based on the facts mentioned above, the best ways we can all help to reduce resource consumption are simple:

  • In the winter, set your room temperatures at 70 degrees or less. In the summer, set your room temperatures at 74 degrees or higher. Wear appropriate clothing depending on the weather conditions. Consider what you keep your home temperature at. For example, in the winter, do you keep it at 74 degrees or at 68 degrees?
  • Where occupancy sensors are not installed, anytime you leave a space or see a room with the lights left on and nobody is there, simply turn the lights off
  • Turn off your computer/monitor and task lighting if you'll be gone for an extended period of time (i.e. evenings, weekends, vacations).

These things may seem small and insignificant, but consider if our entire campus engaged in these simple steps. The impact would be very significant.

What have we done?

Campus wide we have replaced thousands of inefficient T-12 fluorescent lamps and ballasts with low power factor ballasts and 25W T-8 lamps.

• Replaced 478 halogen lamps with LED lamps in the Visual Arts Department on the second floor of Raymond L. Fitz Hall, it was such a success that Philips lighting made a case study of the project, click in the following link to read the case study: http://www.usa.lighting.philips.com/projects/University_of_Dayton.wpd

• At the Arena we have replace old incandescent lighting with LED in the concession areas, lounges, concourse, and some exterior lighting. Occupancy sensors have been installed in locker rooms and other common areas.

• In the steam plant we replaced all of the HPS fixtures with more efficient and a better color rendering T-5 fluorescent fixture.

• At 1700 S. Patterson Blvd (River Campus) we have retrofit over 200 fixtures in the cafeteria with dimmable LEDs. In the alumni center conference rooms all of the incandescent lighting has been replaced with LED. In the auditorium incandescent lamps have been replaced with LED.  The second, third, and fifth floor main hallways have had the old compact fluorescent recessed lighting replaced with LED and sensors. As office spaces are renovated the lighting is upgraded to LED fixtures with occupancy sensors. All of the elevators have new LED lighting in them, some of the exterior lighting has been replaced with LED lamps and fixtures.

• Renovations at Campus South, Founders, The Science Center, and Raymond L. Fitz Hall have included LED lighting, occupancy sensors and daylight harvesting.

• The GE Epicenter is our first LEED Gold Certified building on campus, the renovations on the sixth floor of Raymond L. Fitz Hall for the School of Education will receive a LEED Silver Certification, and the renovation for The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception will also be LEED Certified.

• We now have seven DRG3 (Dayton Regional Green 3) certified buildings on campus, The Arena, Founders Hall, Kennedy Union, Liberty hall, St. Mary’s Hall, The Science Center, and William S. Anderson Center. This is a green business certification through Montgomery County.

• We continue to upgrade our heating and cooling systems with more energy efficient equipment whenever possible.

• There are several other smaller projects on campus where we have installed energy efficient motors, drives, and lighting. We are not done yet there are several projects coming that will reduce our energy consumption throughout campus, stay tuned.

• As always we continue to explore and try new technologies that offer economically feasible solutions.

Contact

Steve Kendig
Executive Director Energy Utilization and Environmental Sustainability
(937) 229-3769