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Energy Matters

Energy Saving and Facility Renewal Program

Memorial University, in partnership with Honeywell Limited, launched its Energy Saving and Facility Renewal Program this spring. The first phase of the program focused on infrastructure upgrades, such as the installation of new lighting equipment and heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) equipment; improvements to mechanical systems and enhancements to energy management systems. More energy-efficient equipment will replace older systems thereby reducing electricity and fuel consumption as well as lowering operating costs.
Memorial University currently spends over $12.6 million per year on utility costs for all buildings on the St. John's campus including the Health Sciences Centre. Once the program is complete for the eight facilities in this program, the university is expected to save $1.5 million annually in utility and operational costs. The program will also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 7,300 tonnes annually - this is equivalent to removing 1,150 cars from the road each year.
The work started in the Education Building and will include the following buildings:
. Arts and Administration Building
. Arts Extension
. Chemistry/Physics Building
. Engineering (S. J. Carew) Building
. Queen Elizabeth II Library
. Science Building
. Utilities Annex

This work involves:
. Upgrading the energy management system to improve the way building equipment is controlled and to reduce energy utilization;
. Installing new lighting that uses less energy while providing better illumination;
. Improving lighting control so that lights only operate as needed;
. Replacing the old chillers in the QE II Library with more efficient and environmentally friendly units;
. Integrating the fume hood exhaust systems in the Chemistry-Physics building to improve the removal of gases from the labs while lowering energy use;
. Upgrading various HVAC, humidification, and other mechanical/electrical equipment to improve performance and reduce costs;
. Sealing buildings to reduce heat losses.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Craig Stacey, Department of Facilities Management, 864-8219.

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