Energy Management at the University of New Brunswick Fredericton has been investing in energy conservation methods for three decades. These investments have reduced energy consumption, utility costs, and CO2 emissions while improving operational efficiencies and creating a more comfortable work and learning environment for staff and students.
Committed to Reducing Impact on Environment
For several decades, UNBF Fredericton has been monitoring and tracking utilities and emissions. In 1996, UNBF Board of Governors approved a $3.4 million formal Energy Management Program (EMP) for the Fredericton Campus. This program has resulted in significant reductions in the cost of utilities and the production of atmospheric emissions.
Achievements to date of Phase 1 and 2 of the EMP include:
- Number of projects completed 65
- Cost of Implementation $3,312,639
- Utility cost avoidance to date $6,429,681
- With current annual cost avoidance of $541,419
- CO2 emissions reduction by 3,300 tonnes/year
- Since EMP in effect the production of approximately 24,000 tonnes of CO2 avoided
- Water consumption reduced by 35% to 300,000 m3/ year
This was followed in 2009 when the Board of Governors announced a third round of investment for the EMP with an additional $7 million allocated to a comprehensive campus wide energy conservation program, known as Amendment 2, to be completed by 2016.
Highlights of Amendment 2 to date:
- 21 projects completed and a further 30 under construction.
- Investment so far $6,573,950
- Projected annual cost avoidance on completed projects $641,677
Further Energy Management is dedicated to minimizing the harmful effects mankind is having on the natural environment. This has inspired UNBF to take action to significantly impact its carbon footprint. Therefore, as part of Amendment 2, the next phase of the EMP is committed to reducing our annual CO2 footprint by a further 7000 tonnes/ year. Once achieved, this will have reduced the UNBF’s carbon footprint by over 30% since the start of the EMP.
UNBF has also benefited and been fully active in participating in the in Efficiency NB "Energy Smart Commercial Incentive Program for Existing Buildings". This program has significantly aided the further development of current and potential projects, and has allowed the UNBF to strive towards ever more efficient projects with environmentally beneficial technologies.
A selection of energy conservation projects include:
- Lighting upgrades to low consumption technologies with daylight control where feasible.
- Energy Management Control Systems.
- Heat recovery and occupancy control for ventilation systems
- Improved insulation for buildings, distribution systems and equipment.
- Replacement of cooling water plants to less energy intensive equipment utilizing environmentally friendly refrigerants.
- Replace plumbing fixtures with low flow fixtures
In February 2012, the Board of Governors approved Amendment 3 (A3), the investment of $4 million as a new phase of UNB’s Energy Management Program. Primarily, the funds are to be invested in energy projects that will pay for themselves, through energy savings, over a period of less than eight years. The initial list of ideas and project plan approved, to be used as the foundation for Amendment #3, is as follows:
- Metering and Automation: It is envisioned that over the next two years UNBF will achieve the goal of an automated metering tied to the Building Management System. This will position UNB with efficient meter readings and billing, utility analysis, and dashboard capabilities.
- Maintenance Leveraging Energy Funding
- Heat Recovery Projects
- Leveraging Projects: This is an excellent means of cooperating with capital renewal and deferred maintenance projects to maximize incentives monies (as applicable) to offset the cost.
- Stakeholder Projects: To further improve the efficiency of our campus we need to reach out to the UNB community and search for energy saving ideas. If you have an idea, please email Tim Cross at email@example.com.
- Emergent Green Technologies
This latest phase of the energy program, A3, will bring us closer to our goals of:
- Maximizing energy savings;
- Building an energy savings culture;
- Demonstrate economic/environmental benefits and leadership;
- Improve our learning and working environment.
UNBF Fredericton Campus "Renewable Energy Technologies"
For over 25 years UNBF has been displacing 50% of fossil fuel requirements to produce steam with a renewable energy source. Utilization of waste wood acquired from NB industries represents an investment in the local economy of over $1 million annually. Furthermore wood is considered a carbon neutral fuel source and in effect this practice has lowered UNBF CO2 emissions by as much as 15,000 tonnes annually.
- UNBF will investigate the feasibility of biomass infrastructure renewal with modernized equipment of higher efficiency and increased capacity to further reduce their dependence on fossil fuel.
- UNBF will stay current with evolving technologies in renewable energy in search of viable opportunities for the Fredericton Campus.
- UNBF will investigate the potential to generate its own electricity with renewable technology.