Sustainability

Energy and Buildings

Reduction in energy use and in the use of fossil fuels are core components of CSUN’s commitment to sustainability. These reductions can be achieved in three ways – by conservation, efficiencies, and use of renewables. The proposed plan puts a priority on those actions that will lead to conservation and efficiency savings.

Main Strategies

  1. Improve means to measure, report and communicate energy consumption at a building/unit level
  2. Improve physical infrastructure to save energy through efficiency and conservation measures
  3. Increase energy-related education and outreach to students, faculty and staff, and implement program to change behavior
  4. Increase energy supplied from renewable and clean sources
  5. Establish and implement strict building standards for new construction

Objectives for 2023

  1. All buildings to be individually metered for gas, water and electricity
  2. Retro-commissioning to be completed on all buildings by 2023
  3. Real-time and historical energy use available online to all campus community by 2018
  4. Reduction in energy intensity (energy/sq. ft.) of 15% by 2018 and 25% by 2023 over 2012
  5. Generate 20% on-site by 2018, with 25% on-site generation by 2023
  6. Increase investment in renewable energy: 10% from renewables by 2023
  7. All new buildings to meet LEED Gold or higher standard effective 2013

2016-17 Priorities and Outcomes

  • LEED EBOM Evaluation.
    • A LEED EBOM Evaluation gap analysis was preformed on the Sierra Center during the spring semester. This project involved a consulting firm as well as a team of students from the Construction Management course. The students were able to help with data collection, entry as well as learn how to use the web based benchmarking platform - Energy Star Benchmarking.
  • Develop Lighting and Controls RFP and roll out through one campus property.
    • A campus wide Lighting and Controls RFP is not feasible at this time, however the campus has standardized on a lighting control system and has begun to implement this on many smaller projects through the JOC program.
  • Develop list of all metering items and create a PM schedule.
    • A list of all metered items has been created and a PM schedule is being developed in conjunction with our campus EMS provider, Siemens.
  • Bookstore HVAC replacement and upgrades.
    • This project was completed and included the replacement of 3 air handlers.
  • LED Retrofits and Occupancy sensors in USU
    • The USU will be continuing the LED retrofits to exterior lighting on various buildings this summer.
  • Phase 1 SEER HVAC Unit Replacement.
    • This project did not receive funding this year, however two units from phase one were replaced and incentives were captured.
  • Develop a plan for outside air modulating dampers and determine costs.
    • PPM Mechanical Services has created a list of known faulty dampers and will be developing estimates on the costs for repair.
  • Develop a plan for VFD's upgrades and determine costs.
    • A list of locations for VFD upgrades and estimated costs has been created.
  • Develop Solar RFP.
    • Facilities has been working with P2S Engineering on developing specifications for our campus solar project. This project will be between 3-4 megawatts installed on the top level of the three campus parking structures.
  • Begin exterior lighting retrofits at Sierra Center.
    • This project has begun and TUC is piloting new LEDs in 5 fixtures.

 Other Highlights

  • The Sustainability Center – CSUN’s first NZE building is set to open in late August 2017.
  • CSUN Engineering Students partnered with the Institute for Sustainability to build 8 Solar Charging Trees. Seven of the eight Trees were installed in select locations throughout campus. The last Tree will be placed at the new Sustainability Center building.
  • The IS hosted several energy workshops this year including one on residential energy efficiency through the TRIO Program as well as a Professional Development session on going solar.
  • The Electric shop has continued to install exterior walkway LED retrofit kits.

 2017-18 Priorities

  • Establish a method and process to make consumption data visible (EN3.6).
  • Solar Projects: B3, B5, G3 (EN4.3).
  • Develop Dashboards for all campus buildings. (EN3.3).
  • Pilot Dashboard kiosk in a campus building and a CSUN Dining location.
  • Continue Implementation of LED Lighting and Lighting Controls.
  • Pilot Solar Thermal Analysis (EN4.1).

Flow Meters and Temp Sensors

Issue:

EN1.1

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Install flow meters and temperature sensors throughout campus to monitor heat and A.C. energy consumption for individual buildings/units.

Status:

Campus Buildings and Programming EMS System completed.

Party Responsible:

FPDC, PPM

Next/Action Items:

In-progress. USU to install Building Level flow meter and temp sensors.

Electric Meters

Issue:

EN1.2

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Install electric meters for individual buildings/units to monitor electricity consumption.

Status:

Chargeback Meters to be installed: Sierra Center, Bookstore, Arbor Court, USU, AS Recycling, Orange Grove Bistro, Parking Lots / Structure.
USU Meters: Investigating energy and water metering on 9 buildings.
Campus Building Meters installed: Oviatt, Jerome, Sierra Tower, Sierra South, Bayramian, Science 1, 2, 3, 4, University Hall for this year.

Party Responsible:

FPDC, PPM

Next/Action Items:

In-progress. Need to determine funding source for housing meters.

Real-Time Energy Monitoring

Issue:

EN1.3

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Real-time monitoring of energy consumption via Siemens building automation energy management system install

Status:

Siemens Advantage is being implemented as a utility tracking and analytics system. This system will also be gathering data from any available meters.

Party Responsible:

FPDC, PPM, IS, PTG

Next/Action Items:

In-progress. Need to continue installation of meters to improve real-time energy monitoring.

Prioritize Retro-commissioning

Issue:

EN2.1

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Utilize energy consumption data to identify buildings/units with above average energy consumption. Prioritize retro-commissioning on existing buildings based on these data

Status:

Central Plant Retro-commissioning has been completed.

Party Responsible:

FPDC, PPM, IS

Next/Action Items:

On-going. Need to develop a list of buildings to be retro-commissioned and prioritize that list.

Energy Audits

Issue:

EN2.2

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Conduct energy audits on all buildings

Status:

Campus will be moving forward with the Strategic Energy Plan. This will also contribute to the CAP. Students in sustainability course are working on parts of the CAP that will touch on energy.

Party Responsible:

PPM

Next/Action Items:

FDPC and PPM to work with a consulting company to develop the SEP. FDPC and IS will work with Faculty and students to develop sections of CAP.

Prioritize Improvements Building Retrofits

Issue:

EN2.3

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Prioritize energy efficiency improvements (insulation, double-paned windows, window shading, thermostat locations etc.) and begin improvement projects.

Status:

Central Plant Retro-commissioning has been completed. 

Party Responsible:

FPDC, PPM

Next/Action Items:

On-going. Need to develop a list of buildings to be retro-commissioned and prioritize that list.

Automated Scheduling EMS to EMS

Issue:

Priority:

Strategy:

Status:

IT to work with Room Reservations to coordinate implementation.

Party Responsible:

FPDC, PPM, IT

Next/Action Items:

PPM will work with IT to integrate the two systems, and integrate with GIS.

Lighting Upgrades

Issue:

EN2.4

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Evaluate existing research and recommendations on outside lighting and begin upgrades.

Status:

Cleary Walk, Lindley, Redwood North walkway and streetlights completed.  75 of 607 campus walkway fixtures retrofitted with LED. Prairie and Plummer streets and an additional 50-60 walkway lights will be done over the summer break. USU completed East Conference Center, Wellness Center with Lighting upgrades. Sol center is 80% LED now. All new buildings will be LED.

Party Responsible:

FPDC, PPM

Next/Action Items:

On-going. Continue implementation.

Indoor Lightning Assessment

Issue:

EN2.5

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Conduct assessment of indoor lighting

Status:

Students have inventoried 5 campus buildings and all exterior street and walkway lights.

Party Responsible:

FPDC, PPM, IS

Next/Action Items:

In-progress.

Power Consumption Assessment

Issue:

EN2.6

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Conduct assessment of power consumption from plug-in loads including IT and lab equipment

Status:

Campus will be moving forward with the Strategic Energy Plan. This will also contribute to the CAP. Students in sustainability course are working on parts of the CAP that will touch on energy.

Party Responsible:

PPM, IS, Academic Departments

Next/Action Items:

In-progress.

Reduce Office & Lab Computer Power Consumption

Issue:

EN2.7

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Reduce power consumption from office and lab computers.

Status:


All computer models that IT and Purchasing provide as options have the capability of being put to sleep automatically. IT uses this functionality for the areas that they support. 

Party Responsible:

IT, IS, PTG, College Techs, USU IT

Next/Action Items:

On-going. Need to ensure all campus computers are using this sleep function.

Motion- Detection Swtiches

Issue:        

EN2.8

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Install motion-detection light switches in classrooms to turn off lights when not in use

Status:

Enlighten Lighting Controls is being piloted in University Hall FPDC office and corridor.

Party Responsible:

FPDC, PPM

Next/Action Items:

In-progress.

Implement Sustainable Office Program

Issue:

EN3.1

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Implement Sustainable Office Program (SOP) throughout campus offices, including educational workshops for office staff on sustainability measures that can be taken

Status:

Party Responsible:

AS, IS, FPDC

Next/Action Items:

In-progress. Need to gain more campus interest and participation.

Energy Use Web Page

Issue:

EN3.2

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Implement real-time and historical energy use reporting via web page

Status:

Potential to use Advantage software for dashboards and webpage.

Party Responsible:

FPDC, PPM, IS

Next/Action Items:

In-progress.

Dashboard Monitors

Issue:

EN3.3

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Assess strategies for reducing energy consumption through education including the installation of dashboard monitors displaying energy use data in real-time in prominent locations on campus and in student housing

Status:

There have been no dashboards installed, but there is potential to use Advantage for this application.

Party Responsible:

FPDC, PPM, IS, Housing

Next/Action Items:

In-progress.

User Behavior

Issue:

EN3.4

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Promote more sustainable user behavior within the campus through energy conservation incentives, competitions, and other initiatives.

Status:

FDPC/IS has worked with VISCOM to help promote sustainability on campus and target user behavior through several outlets: switch plate covers, signage, social media, website, etc.
The MataSphere advocate these initiatives through the living learning community.

Party Responsible:

PPM, IS, Housing, AS

Next/Action Items:

On-going.

Initiatives and Competitions

Issue:

EN3.5

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Participate in national energy conservation initiatives and competitions

Status:

Student Housing participated in Campus Conservation Nationals and created a competition between the different dorms.

Party Responsible:

Housing, IS

Next/Action Items:

On-going. Need to identify funding for upgraded building meters to more easily and accurately compete.

Consumption Data Visible

Issue:

EN3.6

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Post energy-consumption related information at visible locations around campus.

Status:

See EN3.2

Party Responsible:

IS

Next/Action Items:

In-progress.

Solar Thermal Analysis

Issue:

EN4.1

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Conduct analysis of potential for solar thermal hot water heating

Status:

The University has not looked into this yet, but it will be evaluated as part of the SEP. There are also incentives for these projects through Go Solar California.

Party Responsible:

FPDC, PPM, IS

Next/Action Items:

In-progress.

Invest in Renewable Energy

Issue:

EN4.2

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Increase investment in renewable energy technologies that can be integrated into academic and research programs

Status:

No new PV installed, but discussions on expanding CSUN’s PV have begun. The University is moving PV from the Boeing Site to Jacaranda hall. PV to be installed on the Sustainability Center.

Party Responsible:

Faculty, FPDC

Next/Action Items:

On-going. Investigate the feasibility of doing solar on parking structures, and other buildings as well as the thin film technology.