Binghamton University has invested millions of dollars in energy-savings projects to conserve natural resources and lower its impact on the environment.
Binghamton University has been monitoring energy use and building operations with a sophisticated energy management system since 1984. There are 100,000 points on the system, which allows control and programming of building mechanical, lighting and other systems in accordance with how the buildings are being used or occupied. For example, when a building is not in use, systems can be curtailed so that energy is not wasted.
Campus-wide lighting upgrades are taking place; at present, 5% of our campus buildings have LED efficient lighting.
880 exit signs were replaced with LED technology that consumes 95% less energy than incandescent signs and 80% less than fluorescent.
Free cooling, the practice of using outside air to cool buildings, is used whenever conditions are appropriate.
The University has replaced old motors with more energy efficient versions. We have also replaced air filters to improve indoor air quality as well as reduce the amount of electricity needed to operate fans.
Boiler controls have been upgraded to reduce natural gas consumption.
In addition to monitoring energy use, the University closely monitors gas and water usage, with an eye on conservation.
Last Updated: 6/24/13