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Physical Assets - Buildings

Physical assets - Buildings  account for 40% of energy use and 60% of all global warming emissions. Campuses play a huge role in contributing to or mitigating the effects of climate change through the materials used, energy consumed and health involved with a concentration of large buildings.    Evaluate general layout and existing composition, match of mission to the building spaces for efficiency, indoor air quality, building operation, preventative maintenance programs, space (both classroom and office) utilization and efficiency, building materials, building assessment systems such as monitors, and scheduling availability.  Master planning the strategic goals for a campus should include evaluation of its overall efficiency, campus physical plant infrastructure and alliance of physical asset to academic programs.

A Facilities Primer (March 2015)   Free 30 minute video for members - a great primer on overall Facilities

  • University of California Irvine. "Home Run" Energy Retrofits" (Proven measures with near-certain cost/benefit results)
  • Department of Energy has ongoing free webinars on the Better Buildings Alliance

  • Sub-metering Analysis for Energy and Water in Buildings enables improved performance.

  • "Smart Laboratories" can cut energy consumption by more than half. The UC Irvine campus discusses how a smart lab can be a true energy savings; retrofitting to a savings of energy by 50% (and greater).  Smart Labs Initiative: building control systems adaptation.

  • University of WashingtonSeattle, WA  Why green labs are important to a campus. How Green Lab Certification program is development - levels of certification and inspiring data.

  • Department of Energy Better Buildings Alliance has a whole sector devoted to higher education building awareness and energy efficiency  - check out these other higher ed campus  activities.
  • University of MinnesotaCrookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, Twin Cities, Minn. Systemwide report on building, environmental footprint, resources and waste diversity, living learning, education and research, and student engagement.

  • CalTech Energy Conservation Investment Program (CECIP)Pasadena, CA  States the process, criteria and projects and graphs the program financials and results.   It is development of a program that combines finance, engineering and operations to implement energy conservation measures without negatively impacting research.  


FREE WEBINARS ON DEALING WITH BUILDINGS/CAMPUS ISSUES  - INTERSECTION OF DEFERRED MAINTENANCE AND SUSTAINABILTY 
HAVE A "LUNCH AND LEARN" WITH THESE - OR - JUST LISTEN ANYTIME/ANYWHERE!

Turning Deferred Maintenance Challenges into Savings: intersection of aging buildings and sustainabilty featuring Michelle Smith, capital planning and management green building coodinator from University of Vermont. 

Bending the Deferred Mainteance Curve - Value of Whole Building Energy Retrofits featuring Wendell Brase, vice chancellor for administrative & business services, University of California Irvine 

Note overall series here on sustainability  Win- Win Faciities and Finance issues.  

NACUBO IN BRIEF - FREE 30 MINUTE PODCASTS THAT INFORM ! 

These podcasts are open to anyone - encourage others at your campus to listen to key leaders.  NACUBO Sustainability Advisory Panel has three members sharing their unique  insights to advance your campus with sustainability, ideas on managment and staffing and overall processes to improve your campus: Fred Rogers, Carleton College, Wendell Brase, University of California, Irvine and Ruth A. Johnston, University of Washington.

Results of buidling data are in from the 2014-15 Key Facilities Metric Survey
Just as leadership can recite pertinent campus facts - cost of tuition, types of academic programs, number of students, etc  - it is critical to know basic facilities data to improve strategic planning; Btu, electrical, water, waste and carbon.  Plan on entering your campus data for the 2015-16 cycle!   Survey opens in Sept and closes the first week of December 2016.  www.appa.org/nacubosurvey16/ 

Campuses are urged it is their own numbers that should be evaluated every year for improvement; so urge you to enter as many of the five Issues  as possible this Sept - Dec for the Key Facilities Metrics survey.