University of Pittsburgh Facilities Management

Energy Conservation & Management

Since 1996, an estimated cost avoidance of over $50 million has been achieved via energy conservation projects.

Building Automation System

Building Automation System
  • Starting and stopping campus fan systems on an automated schedule saves over $500,000 per year.
  • The University has invested approximately $4.8 million in the two main phases of the building automation system implementation.
  • To date, the system has provided over $15 million in energy cost avoidance.
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Energy Master Plan

  • In 2000, a consulting firm was hired to perform a comprehensive utility master plan.
  • Recommended improvements in campus utility infrastructure, building system upgrades, and energy conservation projects.
  • Approximately $6.0 million in projects with a projected simple payback of less than 5 years were initially funded.
  • To date, our cumulative savings from this $6.0 million investment are estimated at over $12.5 million.
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Lighting Upgrades

  • The University contracted with a lighting supplier to upgrade lighting in nine Pitt buildings to standard energy efficient lighting fixtures - annual savings of approximately $125,000.
  • Earlier upgrades of Posvar Hall, the William Pitt Union, and the Center for Biotechnology and Bioengineering resulted in significant additional savings.
  • Additional upgrades are in progress for the Frick Fine Arts and Information Sciences buildings (PA Conservation Works! Grant - $236,000).
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  • Electric, steam and chilled water metering is now automated through the building automation system.
  • Meter data is used to identify buildings with high energy usage.
  • These buildings are then analyzed for potential energy savings. Back to Top
    Occupancy Sensors

    • Occupancy sensors have been installed in most common areas, i.e. hallways, lobbies, some bathrooms, mechanical and electrical spaces.
  • Sensors shut off the lights when not needed.
  • Lobbies, bathrooms and other spaces are done as renovations occur or as lighting upgrades are done. Back to Top
    Central Chilled Water Plants

    • Installation of upper campus chilled water plant resulted in the elimination of stand-alone chillers in GSPH, Benedum, and Salk Halls.
    • Extended the chilled water distribution system to include Frick Fine Arts, Clapp, Langley, Crawford, SIS, and Music buildings, allowing the removal of old, inefficient chillers in these buildings.
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    Other FM Initiatives

    • Replacement of 770 exit signs with LED signs, resulting in a savings of 256,000 kilowatt hours each year.
    • Recently surveyed nearly 1,000 steam traps in University buildings. All failed traps were replaced, resulting in steam cost savings of $165,000 per year.
    • $8.7 million has been invested in upgrading 71 University elevators, providing significant electrical savings while improving elevator service and accessibility.
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