Smart Controls Program Earns Recognition

Friday, September 4, 2020

Stanford's Facilities Energy Management team picked up a Best Practice Award from the California Higher Education Sustainability Consortium for its "smart controls" project. The project includes upgraded building control systems in 18 large lab buildings in the past 12 years through its Whole Building Energy Retrofit Program. In two recent retrofits at the Varian Physics Lab and the McCullough Building, Stanford used innovative approaches to maximize value to the university, including fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) software for enhanced commissioning, using lab manager surveys to inform programming choices, and combining energy savings with renewal benefits to improve the business case.