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Heritage building re-envisioned, modernized and integrated with a 21st-century addition to become an energy-efficient and sustainable living laboratory

  • Royal Roads University (BC)

The $24.3M Sherman Jen Building (SJB), which opened to students in September 2018, was a renovation and re-visioning project that repurposed an underutilized, energy inefficient, 3,120 square metre ...


Design and Life Cycle Cost of a Vertical Ground Source Heat Exchange System for the Smith College Field House

  • Smith College (MA)

Committed to becoming a carbon neutral campus by 2030, Smith College is transitioning towards geothermal energy for campus heating and cooling. Energy consultants have been hired to conduct an economic ...


Sustainability Demonstration House Project

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

The goal of the Sustainability Demonstration House (SDH) project is to retrofit the former president’s residence, built in 1953, titled the Kettle-Gundlach Building, into a sustainability demonstration house. The ...


Saving Water in University Library

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) (IN)

Being an urban campus the preservation of resources such as water are becoming more and more crucial. This project is a move in that direction, as well as that it ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Phase Change Materials

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

The phase change material is an easy solution to temperature fluctuations from the weather outside. These materials are a new way to insulate a building. The materials go into the ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Green Revolving Reserve and LEED Platinum buildings at the U

  • University of Miami (FL)

Poster will explain: - The mechanisms of the U Green revolving Reserve that has been financing close to $1 million in energy efficiency retrofit. - Highlight of the sustainable features of a ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Deep Energy Retrofits at Humber College's Building N

  • Humber College (ON)

In 2015, the College developed an Integrated Energy Master Plan (IEMP) with impressive goals to greatly reduce energy and water use by 2034. Specifically, Humber’s IEMP sets the following ...


Michigan Tech Sustainability Demonstration House

  • Michigan Technological University (MI)

The goal of Sustainability Demonstration House (SDH) project is to retrofit the former University President’s residence, built in 1953, titled the Kettle-Gundlach Building into a sustainability demonstration house. The ...


AASHE Webinar: Retrofitting Existing Buildings for Energy Efficiency and Demand Response

  • Western Michigan University (MI)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Cypress Envirosystems (CA)

This is an educational webinar presented by AASHE Business Leader Cypress Envirosystems.
Compared with new facilities, existing buildings and plants often have legacy equipment which waste energy, require more maintenance ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Methodology of energy efficient building refurbishment: Application on two university campus-building case studies in Italy with engineering students

  • Polytechnic University of Milan

Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) has launched since 2011 the project “Città Studi Sustainable Campus” to improve the university’s sustainability performances within three main principles: building refurbishment, sustainable campus development ...

  • Posted Dec. 22, 2017
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Deep Energy Retrofits: Warren Hall at Cornell University

  • FXCollaborative (NY)

Learn how a pre-war, 130,000-square-foot classroom building at Cornell University was retrofitted to achieve LEED Platinum performance. The historic masonry building was fully renovated into a new, modern home ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions at the University of Calgary

  • University of Calgary (AB)

At University of Calgary, our buildings are very large contributors to our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. With the goal of being a leading Canadian post-secondary institution in the area of ...


Restroom Water Reduction Potential at an Urban University

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

A water audit was conducted at a variety of University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) campus buildings to help evaluate the potential to conserve water and save the university money ...

  • Posted April 20, 2017
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Building Sustainability: A holistic application of sustainable practices in UVA buildings

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Building Sustainability is a comprehensive model to building optimization that utilizes various programs based on the needs of each building. Utilizing the strengths of the Office for Sustainability’s retro-commissioning ...


Study to Reduce Peak Electrical Demand Charges for the John C. Hodges Library

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

The goal of this project is to design electrical and thermal storage systems that will reduce electrical consumption during periods of peak demand and thereby save the University money in ...


Building Sustainability: A Holistic Approach to Evaluations and Retrofits

  • University of Virginia (VA)

This case study will focus on a replicable model of how a technically-focused retro-commissioning and energy/water reduction program for individual existing buildings can be expanded into a holistic and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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How an ESCO Brought a 'Just in Time' Sustainability Teaching Opportunity to NMSU's 'Conservation and Modernization' project

  • New Mexico State University (NM)
  • Ameresco, Inc. (MA)

The 'Conservation and Modernization' project at New Mexico State University is about sustainability education on all levels for campus occupants while doing the tough work of mechanical upgrades and lighting ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Modernizing your Microscopes: Light Source Retrofits

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

Research laboratories are a universal fixture on higher education campuses, and as a result of outdated technology, present a prime opportunity for energy efficiency upgrades. Many of these labs rely ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Energy Efficiency at Valencia College: A Case Study of Retrofits and Building Automation, Green Construction, and Behavioral Savings

  • Valencia College (FL)

Valencia College, a community college in Orlando, FL, constructed 66 buildings on five campuses between 1971 and 2012 and operates these buildings for their full life cycles. A critical aspect ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Student Led Weatherizations at Harvard: Delivering Exponential Impact from Small Energy Retrofits

  • Harvard University (MA)

Finding a way to give a broad number of students hands on experience in facility operations while making a significant impact on energy consumption is a complex process. After four ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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New Construction as Inspiration for Energy Efficiency Retrofits: Loyola's Dumbach and Cuneo Hall

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

This presentation will share Loyola's experience in constructing a new building (Cuneo) and retrofitting a 104 year-old building (Dumbach) to achieve over 50% energy efficiency reductions in each. Working ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Making Every Drop Count - Impact of Irrigation Retrofit at the U of Minnesota

  • University of Minnesota, Morris (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

In the spring and summer of 2012 our university is conducting a joint applied research project with The Toro Company to evaluate the impact of optimizing irrigation control systems and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Student Energy Simulations Guiding Facility Retrofits: Connecting Student Learning Outcomes to Facility Efficiency

  • Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GA)
  • Georgia Perimeter College (GA)

Facilities improvements on existing institutional buildings can support student learning outcomes, inter-institutional collaborations, and industry partner collaboration, especially amidst institutional budgetary challenges. A community college in the Southeastern U.S ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Identifying Energy Conservation Measures. Tailoring Retro-commissioning to meet your needs.

  • New York University (NY)

Retro-commissioning (RCx) has been identified as a definitive way to determine Energy Conservation Measures at an often less than one year payback. This briefing will discuss lessons learned and best ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Continuous and Retro Commissioning in High Performance Buildings

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

In the summer of 2010, our university contracted with a third party to perform a continuous commissioning and retro-commissioning pilot project for two LEED Silver Certified buildings. These buildings were ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Leading by Example: Advancing Sustainability at the Institutional Level Through Performance Contracting

  • Siemens Industry, Inc. (IL)

This school has embarked on a campus-wide, state-wide, 5-phase holistic energy project over 8 years that is estimated at a staggering $60 million in energy efficiency retrofits. A project of ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Building the New Green OR Greening the Already Built: Evaluating the optimal strategy for your campus

  • Second Nature (MA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Many higher education institutions across the country are investing efforts and resources in promoting and implementing sustainable practices on their campuses. However, while addressing the infrastructure, these institution often run ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Retrofitting Existing Buildings for Energy Efficiency and Demand Response

  • California State University, Sacramento (CA)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Compared with new facilities, existing buildings often have legacy equipment which waste energy, require more maintenance, and incur more downtime. They are often incapable of communicating and interacting with the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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To Tear Down or Retrofit - Reducing Building Energy Footprint

  • Smith College (MA)

Given data on building energy consumption, institutions can leverage available standard tools to estimate their energy reduction potential. However, many campuses, especially those with a central power plant, are not ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Holdsworth Retrofit and Renovation

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMA) has a rapidly evolving commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the environmental sustainability of its operations. According to the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Building Retrofit Strategies

  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (CA)

The objective of our project was to identify and analyze building retrofit strategies that can reduce kWhs or Btus and associated greenhouse gas emissions on the Cal Poly Pomona campus ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Conserving Energy in Existing Buildings: A Case Study of Purdue University's Residence Halls

  • Purdue University (IN)

Residence halls are a good example of potential for energy savings in large buildings with varied and complex usage like hotels, youth hostels, and apartment complexes. In such settings, motivating ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The Mueller Report: Moving Beyond Sustainability Indicators to Sustainability Action at Penn State

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

The assignment that we gave ourselves was: Cut the ecological impact of Mueller Building in half while creating healthier working conditions for all building occupants. The analysis on the following ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Massachusetts Green High Performing Computing Center

  • Harvard University (MA)

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts along with 5 research institutions in the Greater Boston area built a state of the art 377 square feet data center dedicated to research computing on ...

  • Posted April 11, 2014
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Energy Efficiency at Valencia College: A Case Study of Retrofits and Building Automation, Green Construction, and Behavioral Savings

  • Valencia College (FL)

Valencia College constructed 66 buildings between 1971 and 2012. Six buildings, 25% of total the college's 2.1 million square feet, were built to LEED Gold standards with energy ...


Water Conservation Makes Cents at Vanderbilt University

  • Vanderbilt University (TN)

VU has retrofitted 492 low-flow faucets, low-flow toilets and waterfree urinals resulting in the savings of ~9.1 million gallons of water and $64,000 annually. Additionally, VU captured nonpotable ...

  • Posted June 21, 2010
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