University at Albany Saves $704,000 Per Year With Energy Upgrades

New energy efficiency projects at University at Albany, undertaken in collaboration with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will save the university about $704,000 in energy costs annually.

The improvements are in line with Build Smart NY, the new initiative by Governor Cuomo to increase energy efficiency in state buildings by 20 percent in seven years by strategically accelerating priority improvements in energy performance.

NYPA spearheaded a newly completed $4 million lighting replacement project at University at Albany’s Uptown Campus. NYSERDA awarded $1.3 million in incentives for various energy efficiency upgrades at the university, including $274,000 for the NYPA lighting project.

Other projects supported by NYSERDA include a complete renovation at century-old Husted Hall and new construction at the University Data Center and College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

NYPA’s University at Albany lighting upgrade encompasses nearly 1,750 classrooms and other spaces at nine Uptown Campus buildings, to lower utility bills while improving illumination. The improvements are expected to save the university $225,000 annually. The installations required custom-made light fixtures, which were manufactured by LSI Lightron of New Windsor, Orange County.

The energy efficiency project at Husted Hall received a High Performance Building Plaque from NYSERDA, an honor reserved for buildings performing at least 30 percent above New York State energy code. This project included a whole building energy analysis and the installation of new storm windows; energy efficient lighting design and a HVAC system; and an incentive for achieving LEED Silver certification.

NYSERDA is working with the University at Albany on its new University Data Center, which will be located in a building to be constructed in 2014. The facility will be designed with energy efficiency and information technology productivity measures that enable it to process information faster using less energy.

Energy-efficiency improvements at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering include clean room fan filter units, high-efficiency lighting, a chilled water system, a water-side economizer and high efficiency motors.

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