Will the newly opened Hurwitz Admission Center save energy? None of the monitors are Energy Star stamped and the renovation was too small to pursue LEED EB green building certification. However, the renovation should result in significant energy savings for the university. The reworking of the entrance way will cut the cross winds that used to penetrate the building from the old side doors. Also, the building has new energy efficient windows with plans to complete window upgrades for the rest of the building this summer (2014). The old windows were old and caused a lot of draft and lost heat (as any of the occupants will tell you!).
Also, the building has been connected to our main chiller plant. So, after this summer (once the window replacement and other work is done), we will not install window air conditioning units anymore. That will be a big savings of time and energy. Also, the building incorporated LED lighting in the entrance way, other rooms, and in the exit signs. This coupled with more natural day-lighting and motion sensor technologies should cut back on overall electricity consumption. Finally, the renovation replaced all full-voltage motor controls with variable frequency drives (VFDs). This will also save on heating/cooling and electricity.
In the months ahead, we will be watching the energy performance of the building in order to document any energy savings.
The results of this project are exciting. The Hurwitz Admission Center is a beautiful space that is welcoming and fresh! This is a great new home for our Admission staff and all visitors.