Earns Magna Cum Laude in EPA's 1998 Honor Society
5, 1999 -- The University of Virginia's Energy Program
has again won high honors -- magna cum laude Honor Society member
-- awarded by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA).
was the fourth major award the U.Va. Energy Program, directed by
Anthony Motto of Facilities
Management, has earned for achieving energy efficient goals.
In March, U.Va. was the only university awarded 1998 Energy Star
Buildings and Green Lights Partner/Ally of the Year in Washington,
DC. In late 1997, EPA selected U.Va. for the Green Lights Honor
Society, and in 1996, EPA awarded U.Va. a bronze medal for achievement
in energy efficiency.
what work did U.Va. do to earn these accolades? Lighting retrofits
and upgrades. Chilled water connections. Occupancy sensors.
exit signs. Insulated heating pipes. It's that simple. Yet an annual
savings of $415,000 is expected from the work accomplished in 1997-98
alone. Lighting retrofits and upgrades in 10 buildings accounted
for $110,000 of the savings. Since becoming a Green Lights partner,
U.Va. has upgraded lighting in 58 buildings -- that is 38 percent
of the University's space or more than 3 million square feet. A
new chilled water line connection between the Chemistry Building
and U.Va.'s chiller plant in 1998 should save $263,500. The installation
of occupancy sensors will save $7,200 and LED exit signs will save
$12,200. In underground steam tunnels deteriorated insulation on
heating pipes was replaced and will see $22,000 in energy savings.
last point is significant. Normalizing data for the last fiscal
year and comparing heating energy consumption on a unit basis for
the first five-year period of 1979-1984 to the most recent five
years, the data indicate that the University has reduced its heating
energy consumption by an average of over 6,500 BTU/GSF. If the University
had not accomplished energy conservation work or aggressively replaced
building boilers with connections to central plants, its heating
energy consumption would have increased rather than decreased over
the last 15 years due to the higher quantities of outside air currently
required by the BOCA Mechanical Code and the energy intensive research
facilities and Hospital that have been constructed. Calculating
savings from the 6,500 BTU/GSF heating energy reduction alone results
in savings of over $440,000 for last year.
more information, contact: Tony Motto, Energy Program Manager, (804)
982-5893, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; Elizabeth Wooding, Information
Officer, U.Va. Facilities Management, (804) 982-5846, e-mail email@example.com.