The KU Energy office strives to minimize energy consumption in all University Buildings. By engaging, faculty, staff , and the student body, this office works in every layer of the University to create and maintain energy awareness campus wide. With this awareness, this office can dedicate itself to targeting and eliminating energy waste.
Adhering to the Energy Policy, the KU Energy office is responsible for the following:
- Tracking building energy use and performance
- Monitoring efficiency in building mechanical systems
- Scheduling HVAC systems
- Maintaining energy control systems
- Lighting efficiency measures
- Training for behavior change in energy use
- Pursuing renewable energy generation on campus
The KU Energy office has been working alongside maintenance staff and building managers to replace incandescent lighting with LEDs as well as utilizing different energy conservation strategies for buildings that use a lot of lighting for long periods of time. As of fall 2014, lighting retrofits have been completed on the Mississippi Street Parking Garage, The Allen Fieldhouse Parking Garage and in campus buildings such as Eaton Hall and Murphy Hall. Work is also being done to start a program for installing Occupancy Sensors in campus buildings such as Watson Library.
Monitoring the operations of building mechanical systems is an important way to eliminate wasteful energy use in the buildings. The KU Energy office is working with Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) maintenance staff to implement the following strategies toward ensuring the highest performance of our building mechanical systems: using improved energy control systems, scheduling air handing units, monitoring for simultaneous heating and cooling, and operating equipment to provide comfortable conditions efficiently within occupied spaces.