Today’s blog post comes from Aircuity’s monthly newsletter, Aircuity Monitor. In this issue of the newsletter, you’ll learn about how Aircuity cut energy use at Northwestern in the battle of the buildings. You’ll also learn more about the Better Buildings Initiative expansion to increase the efficiency of U.S. Laboratories…
Northwestern Cuts Energy Use in the Battle of the Buildings
From September 1 through November 30, 2016, Northwestern competed in the U.S. EPA ENERGSTAR’s Battle of the Buildings, a national competition to reduce energy use in buildings. The top performer among the University’s competing buildings was the Tarry Research and Education Building. Over the course of the competition, the building saved more than 228,000 kWh of electricity.
In addition to the lab building occupants’ behavior, Aircuity is consistently helping to drive down energy use in Tarry Research and two other buildings on campus:
“Facilities Management installed an Aircuity system in Cook Hall, Technological Institute, and the Tarry Research and Education Building. Aircuity is made up of a network of air sampling stations that deliver air to a centralized sensor suite that monitors levels of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, airborne particulates, relative humidity, and volatile organic chemicals. Aircuity then adjusts ventilation rates as needed to maintain air quality. The system will save energy because the ventilation system doesn’t have to run more than necessary.” Read more on Northwestern’s Blog…
Better Buildings Initiative Expanding to Increase Efficiency of U.S. Laboratories
This past fall the DOE announced its new Smart Labs Accelerator through which they will work with universities, federal agencies, national laboratories, hospitals, and corporations to advance strategies that rapidly improve energy efficiency in laboratory buildings. As part of the program’s goals, Accelerator partners will set a target to improve energy efficiency across their portfolio of laboratory buildings by at least 20% in ten years or less.
We have helped hundreds of our clients cut their lab HVAC energy use in half, address deferred maintenance and in some cases perform significant infrastructure improvements; while leveraging utility incentive programs. This “triple play” yields excellent ROIs and measurably better environments. Adopting Aircuity as your Smart Labs platform can help you meet and exceed your Better Buildings Smart Lab goals.
Aircuity’s customer, University of California, Irvine, created their own Smart Labs Program through which they reduced energy use by 61% across 13 buildings and were recognized by the DOE for exceeding their Better Buildings Challenge goals ahead of time. The DOE offers an implementation model on their website to help others build an integrated smart labs program and achieve similar results. Read Full DOE Smart Labs Accelerator Press Release…
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