Stanford’s Whole Building Energy Retrofits Program (WBERP) invested in major energy retrofits at the Mechanical Engineering Research Lab and Varian Physics Lab, which together will save over $350,000 per year in energy costs. The retrofits included installing the latest in high-efficiency lab control systems, including using occupancy sensors in labs to minimize use of lighting and fans during unoccupied periods. The $30 million WBERP program began in 2004 to address the 12 campus buildings consuming the most energy, and now includes the top 27, representing 60% of total campus energy use. On average, buildings that have participated in the WBERP program are seeing 24% reductions in their energy usage, with some buildings achieving savings of up to 50%.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017