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Honeywell helping build an energy efficient campus

Memorial is in the home stretch of a retrofit project with Honeywell Canada that will see the St. John’s campus become a model of institutional efficiency and sustainability.

In September 2006, Memorial and Honeywell announced a $13.2-million energy savings and facility renewal project. The work includes infrastructure upgrades, such as new lighting and heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) equipment; improvements to mechanical systems; and upgrades to building automation systems to optimize energy management across the university.

The project will enable the university to offset the impact of rising energy costs while reducing maintenance costs and improving comfort for its more than 20,000 students, faculty and staff.

Luis Rodrigues, vice president of Energy Solutions for Honeywell, said the guaranteed energy savings from Honeywell provide the university with a way to make improvements and save money at the same time.

Darrell Miles, director of Facilities Management, said reducing energy consumption means more than just saving money. “Spending less on utilities also provides additional funds for other programs and initiatives,” he said. “Reducing energy usage at the university reduces greenhouse gas emissions and is simply the right thing to do.”

Benefits of the program include: reduced energy and operational costs; environmental stewardship; improved facilities comfort and safety; capital renewal in facilities without capital investment; minimized financial and technical risk associated with the projects; and achieve guaranteed results.

As an added benefit, a number of Memorial’s co-operative education students will be involved in the program development while working with Honeywell. This will provide excellent practical experience for engineering co-op students in the area of energy solutions while learning from the experts.

Facility upgrades include an energy management system upgrade, new lighting that will reduce energy consumption while providing better illumination, lighting control strategies and weather-sealing of the buildings to reduce heat and cooling losses.

The project will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 7,311 metric tonnes annually, equivalent to removing 1,150 cars from the road each year, according to Honeywell.

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