The Building Optimization Program, a new three-year partnership between UBC’s Okanagan campus and Fortis BC, is now in place and energy consumption of the academic buildings is being constantly monitored to help reduce energy use and carbon emissions across campus.
From September 2012 to March 2013, a baseline energy measurement will be established for electricity, gas, hot water and chilled water usage in the major buildings. Monitoring software has been installed in the buildings’ energy meters. It will collect data, analyze and then display the results in real time via an energy monitor dashboard.
During the baseline phase the campus community is invited to visit the online energy monitor dashboard at any time to monitor a building’s monthly, weekly or daily energy performance in real-time.
Taking into account weather and occupancy variability, the software will also monitor energy use and identify anomalies so better environmental and building control decisions can be made over the long term.
Once the baseline phase is complete, the Sustainability Office will be asking for help to save energy in your building during the investigation phase. More details on how everyone can participate in reducing building energy consumption at UBC will follow in spring 2013.
The initiative is spearheaded by the Sustainability Office in partnership with Facilities Management.