The 3rd annual Building Energy Challenge will begin on February 6th! This year the challenge is kicking off at the same time as the Campus Conservation Nationals, which is the first college and university national energy and water reduction competition. Good luck to Residence Halls which will be participating in this competition. For all participating buildings the challenge will end on February 27th.
The Building Energy Challenge aims to reduce energy consumption through the combined effects of individual action by occupants of participating buildings. By using no-to-low cost actions such as turning off computers and lights, unplugging non-essential equipment, and replacing incandescent lamps with compact fluorescents (CFLs), we can significantly reduce our energy consumption. And we can have fun doing it!
We encourage all buildings to try to save more energy than last year!
The total electricity savings from the 2011 OSU Building Energy Challenge: 14,627 kWh (approx. $780)
If you would like to participate in the Building Energy Challenge, or for more information on how to save evergy, please contact Bo Bestvina.
The OSU Building Energy Challenge strives to reduce energy consumption in participating buildings through the combined actions of building occupants. Using only no-to-low cost measures, we believe that energy consumption in our buildings can be significantly reduced by
We will provide the information, but you must provide the action. A small amount of effort by many occupants will result in significant energy savings, without significantly burdening any one individual.
Event Coordinator: Mikkel VandeBergh (Student Sustainability Initiative)
Ensure proper coordination and communication between all participants of the Challenge. Provide marketing materials and consultation where requested. Coordinate events and prizes. Contact Mikkel for questions directly related to Residence Halls.
Outreach and Marketing Coordinator: Bo Bestvina (OSU Sustainability Office)
Provide marketing materials, contact building representatives, and offer consultation when requested. Contact Bo for non-residence buildings.
Data Reporter: Nick Somnitz (OSU Sustainability Office)
Do weekly meter reads and provide energy data analysis. Contact Nick for energy updates.
Act as building contact for coordinators and data reporter, mainly involved with distribution of materials and communications to own unit/department and to volunteers.
Distribute materials and communications to unit/department.
"Above and beyond" actions: Promote event within unit and beyond. Take responsibility for typically overlooked spaces (e.g. turn off bathroom lights at night). Request compact fluorescent lamps and power strips. Request information on making building equipment and processes more efficient. Network within building to further promote event.
The 2012 Building Energy Challenge runs from February 6th to the 27th. Normally the challenge runs for the entire month of February
The energy baseline for each building is the line by which success will be measured. Calculated using electricity consumption for the past three Februaries, the baseline allows for comparison between buildings while negating the significant differences between buildings (square footage, building use type, age, HVAC systems, etc.). While this Challenge is billed as a competition between buildings, buildings are essentially competing against their historical consumption.
Weekly baselines are created for each building.
While the Challenge is between buildings, buildings are essentially competing against themselves. For each building, an energy baseline, based on past February energy data, will be created. Buildings that use the least amount of energy when compared to the baseline each week and for the duration of the Challenge win prizes.
The Challenge is focused on no-to-low cost actions performed by individuals or unit/departmental groups. Examples of these actions may include:
Please see our Tips page for more example actions.
While significant savings can obviously be made through building improvements (lighting upgrades, HVAC recommissioning, building envelope improvements, etc.) the goal of the Challenge is to inspire energy efficiency through behavioral change, not through capital improvements.
However, some low-cost equipment is available to all participants of the Challenge. These include:
Please contact Bo for more information about receiving this equipment.
February 1st (week 1): Challenge begins!
February 8th (week 2): Time to focus on plug loads.
February 15th (week 3): HVAC
February 22nd (week 4): The final countdown
March 1st: Overall winner announced.
|Participating Building||Category||Primary Building Rep(s)||Supporting Building Rep(s)|
|Adams Hall||Heat Only||Dan VanVliet, Kegan Sims, Hank Kemper|
|Bexell Hall||Heat Only||Kim Calder|
|Cascades Hall||Shop/Maintenance||Cheryl Lyons, Jacque Allen||Jack Rogers|
|Facilities Services Shops||Shop/Maintenance||JayLene Seeley|
|Kelley Engineering||Office & Data Center||Gale Sumida||Todd Shechter|
|Kerr Administration||Office & Data Center||Chris Crabtree, Joy Jorgensen|
|Moreland Hall||Heat Only||Ann Leen, Shirley Dodsworth|
|Motor Pool||Shop/Maintenance||Justin Fleming|
|Property Services||Shop/Maintenance||Rae Delay||Andrea Norris|
|Withycombe Hall||Some HVAC||Helen Chesbrough||Nora Ross, Angie Weeks - Theatre|
Greg Smith, Sustainability Program Assistant, Sustainability Office, Facilities Services
Annie Jacobs, Sophomore, Biology
Jonathan Truong, Junior, Biology
Lindsey Almarode, Freshman, Environmental Science
Luke Gregson, Sophomore, Biology
Quinn Collins, Senior, Environmental Science
Shannon Bradley, Sophomore, Environmental Science
Wesley Campbell, Junior, Natural Resources
Ag. Life Sciences: Caprice Rosato
Bexell: Kimberli Calder
Milam Hall: Debi Rothermund
Moreland Hall: Ann Leen, Shirley Dodsworth
Wilkinson Hall: Steve Cook
Women's Building: Adam Nicholson
Steve Schofiel, along with fellow employees at the Property Services building, constantly promotes awareness by making a conscious effort to turn off electrical devices not being used at the time.
David Kerr, from Moreland Hall, is very mindful of the little everyday energy savers and has also suggested ways to increase the efficiency of the temperature control for the water dispensers in the offices.
Jennifer Busick, from the Kerr Administration building, is conscious of her printing habits and always turns off the lights on her way out the door, as she heads for the stairwell.
Aurora Sherman, from Moreland Hall, has trained herself to turn off both her computer monitor and hard-drive in a single two step process, consciously making it a part of her daily routine.
Abby Metzger, from Bexell Hall, makes sure to bundle up in her naturally sunlit room, and is conscious of using her space heater only when absolutely necessary.
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Rae Delay, operations manager for the Property Services building, adjusted the thermostat to accommodate for the comfort of everyone, while only heating and cooling the work space when necessary.
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Charlotte Rooks, from the Kerr Administration building, is consistently conscious of everyday energy saving behavior and also makes sure to utilize the new composting system that the building has recently implemented.
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use 75% less electricity than an equivalent incandescent lamp, which makes them great for energy savings. However, they do have a few requirements to keep in mind to ensure a successful application:
Placement & Use: The life of a CFL is reduced by moisture, excessive heat, and frequent on/off cycling. Avoid installing recessed lighting fixtures (can lights for example) where heat cannot be dissapated. Most CFLs are not compatible with dimmer switches.
Light Color: A common complaint about CFL's is that they are "too cold" or "too white". A lamp's rated color temperature indicates the lamp's "warmth"; for light similar to a traditional incandescent, look for a color temperature of 2700K or lamps labeled "warm white".
Safety: CFLs do contain a small amount of mercury (~5 mg) which is released if the lamp is broken. See the EPA's recommendation on how to deal with a broken CFL.
Disposal: Because of the mercury contained by the lamp, CFLs must be disposed of as hazardous waste. For on-campus disposal, please fill out the Hazardous Waste Pickup Request form. For personal use CFLs, Home Depot accepts burnt out CFLs for proper disposal at no charge, as does Allied Waste at their recycling center.
Seattle Power and Light has a great site dedicated to CFLs.
US Dept. of Energy: http://www.energy.gov/energytips.htm
Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy: http://www.energysavers.gov/tips/save_energy.cfm
Michael Bluejay: http://michaelbluejay.com/electricity/
We know you have good ideas on how to save energy on campus, so let us know what they are and you could win a $50 gift certificate to the OSU Bookstore!
Submit your great ideas to Greg by midnight on February 18th for a chance to win. The winner will be announced on February 28th, the last day of the Challenge.
Conservation concepts will be judged on originality, overall impact, replicability, ease of implementation, and visibility.
February 2nd: Leaving the room for more than 10 minutes? Turn those fluorescent lights off! The energy consumed during the ‘power surge’ at start-up is equal to 5 seconds of normal light operation. Then why wait 10 minutes? Frequently cycling fluorescent lights on & off reduces lamp life.
February 3rd: Fluorescent bulbs still use energy even when they’re burnt out! Contact Custodial if a lamp has been out for more than 2 weeks. Space well-lit without that bulb? Contact us to discuss delamping options.