News Release

REF NO.: 7

SUBJECT: Energy and facilities renewal at Memorial

DATE: September 28, 2017

Today Memorial University officially launched a program with Honeywell Building Solutions that will move the university into the second phase of an energy performance contract (EPC) focused on reducing energy consumption and facility renewal. Work will begin in October.

Begun in 2008, the program is finding ways to save energy and reduce the university’s utility and operational costs as well as make overall improvements to building infrastructure.

Today the university community learned more about the contract that was signed in June valued at $28.4 million. It is fully guaranteed and is funded through energy savings. It focuses on energy-efficient solutions designed to upgrade facilities, reduce operating costs, improve indoor air quality and reduce environmental emissions.

“We’re building on the success realized during the initial phase of the program,” said Ann Browne, associate vice-president (facilities). “Starting in October, we will continue campus improvements through this program and we welcome the cost and energy consumption benefits.”

An EPC program allows the university to innovatively upgrade some infrastructure without significant capital investment. Phase one of the program targeted eight major facilities on the St. John’s campus, with the resulting performance of this work exceeding annual targets. Between 2009-15 the university realized more than $13 million in savings.

Phase two is targeting 45 facilities on the St. John’s and Grenfell campuses.

The program includes the following:

  • Installing high-efficiency lighting systems and controls;
  • Upgrading heating, ventilation and cooling equipment;
  • Upgrading and optimizing building system and equipment controls; and
  • Sealing air gaps in windows and doors to more effectively maintain conditioned air

Along with reducing costs, the program will have a significant environmental impact, cutting annual greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 1,634 tonnes based on the published Environment Canada conversion factors for Newfoundland and Labrador. This emission reduction is equivalent to the average household electricity use of 613 homes.

“The university is facing fiscal challenges and significant demands regarding deferred maintenance,” said Ms. Browne. “This makes innovative, self-funded projects ideal. This work will result in nearly $28.4 million in capital investment in infrastructure to occur and be totally funded from the savings.”

A targeted $6 million of critical deferred maintenance will be addressed through this work.

Additional benefits of the program include reduced energy and operational costs; greater environmental stewardship; improved comfort and safety; improved learning environments; minimized financial and technical risk; and achievement of guaranteed results.

“Beyond the financial and infrastructure benefits, we have a global responsibility to mitigate our environmental impact and reduce our carbon footprint,” said Ms. Browne. “These initiatives are the right thing to do.”

Honeywell’s EPC roots date back to 1981 with Newfoundland and Labrador, where its first Canadian program was implemented. During the last 35-plus years, more than 250 EPCs have been delivered across Canada.

“Our energy and infrastructure renewal program provides a means to implement improvements through a self-funded model,” said Luis Rodrigues, vice-president, energy services group, Honeywell Building Solutions. “We applaud Memorial University for continuing their quest to improve the university’s infrastructure through an environmentally and fiscally responsible approach.”


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