Moving Beyond Energy Expectations

Posted on 6/28/2011 11:52:32 AM

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.