University of Utah Reduces Energy 40% at Old Building

September 5, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

Better Buildings ChallengeThe US Energy Department recognized the University of Utah for its leadership in energy efficiency for reducing energy use by 40 percent at a historic campus building, which is saving the school $57,000 a year.

Through the Better Buildings Challenge, the university identified the 42-year-old Dumke Health Professions Education Building as a showcase project because of its unreliable heating and cooling systems. The building underwent comprehensive HVAC system improvements, including replacing two boilers, antiquated and faulty controls and related equipment.

Nearly half of the multi-use building is occupied by energy-intensive labs and walk-in refrigerators for the university’s human anatomy and body donor programs.

The university will fund its next set of efficiency projects through its Energy Management Fund, which uses the savings from energy efficiency projects to continually reinvest in future projects. The university also implemented a streamlined financing process for administrative and energy management staff to propose, select and implement efficiency projects, resulting in greater energy savings returned to the fund for future work.

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