(Photo by Patrick R. Dunn)
(May 14, 2012) -- Working closely with other UTSA departments, the UTSA Office of Facilities has initiated a multi-pronged effort to reduce energy and water consumption on campus. These reductions provide both economic and environmental benefits.
Cost-containment strategies in the Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE) Building -- the biggest energy consumer on the Main Campus -- will have a significant positive impact on energy consumption. UTSA soon will install a bypass on the BSE's primary cooling system that will allow the building's 125-horsepower cooling water pumps to be shut off during periods of low cooling demand.
Because of the BSE's proximity to the South Thermal Energy Plant (STEP) cooling pumps, the BSE will receive sufficient cooling pressure from the STEP during these periods of low cooling demand. Also implemented at the BSE will be an improved control schedule that will reduce the amount of fresh air changes during periods of low occupancy. A building usage evaluation will be conducted to ensure that the most accurate air change settings are implemented. The control sequence will both maximize energy savings and ensure adequate indoor air quality.
The final upgrade at the BSE includes a change in the control points related to dehumidification control. Once implemented, upgrades to the BSE will save the university an estimated $100,000 annually.
Several other UTSA Tri-Campus cost-containment initiatives also are yielding significant cost reductions and some revenue enhancements including:
"Energy and water conservation are ongoing priorities for the university, and we recognize these efforts can be disruptive at times," said Kerry Kennedy, UTSA vice president for business affairs. "We appreciate the patience of faculty, staff and students as we make campus facilities more efficient, improve the institution's bottom line and help reduce our impact on the environment."
For more information, contact UTSA Facilities Work Control at 210-458-4262.
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