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Facilities Management Office News: Cost Savings

Climate Control in Buildings

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The University Energy Office reminds the university community that the majority of IUP’s buildings operate on a limited and reduced climate control schedule during weekends and holidays. This method of finite operation reduces energy consumption and lowers utility costs for the university.

Upon request, modified and customized energy scheduling arrangements are readily available for individual buildings to accommodate the occupants on weekends and/or holidays.

To schedule special climate control conditions in any of the buildings during weekends or holidays, please contact:

Mary S. Williams, Facilities Operations
Phone: 724-357-2710
E-mail: Mary.Williams@iup.edu

E. Leroy King, Facilities Custodial
Phone: 724-357-3775
E-mail: Elden.King@iup.edu

Charles Altimus, University Energy Manager
Phone: 724-357-5782
Fax: 724-357-4703
E-mail: altimus@iup.edu

Thank you for your cooperation and participation in IUP’s Energy Management program.

Office of Facilities Management

Moving Beyond Energy Expectations

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Energy costs represent a significant portion of IUP’s operating budget. To minimize the budgetary impact of these costs, various cost containment strategies must be utilized to manage, control, and reduce the overall cost of energy.

Near the end of 2009, a major energy-saving and conservation initiative was completed at IUP. Partnering with IUP in this initiative was Siemens Energy Services Corporation, the general contractor for the project. The scope of the project included the comprehensive renovation and modernization of thirty academic and administrative buildings, including facility improvements, and the introduction of energy-saving technologies and automated control systems.

While Siemens projected a reduction in energy costs of more than $1 million annually, the actual savings achieved in 2010 exceeded this projection by $185,165—a total savings approximately 12 percent above the original projection. The future annual increase in energy savings based upon efficiency improvements in automated control systems has also been projected by Siemens, and these projections are included in Siemens’ report.

The IUP Facilities Management Project Team wishes to extend a note of thanks to those members of the campus community who patiently endured various inconveniences over the course of the construction and startup phases of this project. The team hopes that the campus community will continue to support the application of new building technologies and energy conservation initiatives.

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    1011 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2429
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