Thursday, March 13, 2014

2013 Strategic Energy & Water Plan

2013 marked another big year for Energy Management's energy and water conservation efforts. Energy consumption per square foot has declined over 33% since 2003 and potable water consumption per square foot has fallen 60% since 2000. In that time, gross square footage has grown from 13,000,000 to 18,000,000. Check out the full report online.

UNC Bioinformatics Building Currently in 3rd Place at the Halfway Mark of the 2013 Battle of the Buildings

At the Midway Point of the 2013 EPA's Energy Star National Building Competition, UNC Bioinfomatics held strong in 3rd place among the 3,200 competitors. The 31.45% reduction in energy use comes just one year after a complete renovation of the building's Heating, Ventilation, and Cooling System (HVAC). UNC Energy Management reduced the building's energy use through a variety of strategies, including reprogramming the computer controls or the HVAC systems, HVAC tuning and optimization, and occupant education and outreach. Completed in December 2012, the updated HVAC control system and the extension into the occupied areas provides the opportunity to monitor temperatures throughout the building. Savings from December 2012 to date have totaled over $130,000. Learn more about Bioinformatics in the 2013 National Building Competition here.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

UNC Chapel Hill Morrison Residence Hall competed in the 2013 Campus Conservation Nationals competition organized by Lucid, USGBC Center for Green Schools, NWF, and ASE.  Morrison Residence Hall was one of the top five schools with the greatest average percent reduction in electricity. Savings ranged from 16-19% reductions across all participating buildings.
This year more than 300,000 students at 120 colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada collectively saved 2,114,844 kilowatt-hours of electricity — equivalent to averting 2,426,040 pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere and saving $160,000. Students also saved nearly 1,681,241 million gallons of water, or the equivalent of 11,208 hours of shower use.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

UNC Energy Management Celebrates Savings

UNC at Chapel Hill announced today that its NC Area Health Education Center, Tarrson Hall and Neurosciences Building successfully crossed the finish line in EPA’s 2012 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings.

NC Area Health Education Center reduced its energy use by more than 20 percent placing 11th overall among all 3,000 competitors for energy use reductions.  Additionally, Tarrson Hall and Neurosciences were formally recognized for placing in the top 10 percent in energy reductions.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

UNC Morrison Competing Again

UNC Morrison Residence Hall is competing again in the Lucid Campus Conservation Nationals competition.  They have also entered a video in the National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology-Campus Conservation Nationals 2013 Video Contest.  Please vote for them at CCN Video contest tab of the  Campus Ecology facebook page.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

UNC Energy Management Saving Energy For The Holidays

Before leaving for any extended period, please:

1. Shut down desktop and laptop computers unless instructed otherwise by IT or administrative staff. If your computer, speakers, phone charger, etc., are all on one power strip, turn off the power strip after shutting down your computer.

2. Unplug nonessential equipment such as copiers, fax machines, printers, scanners, and chargers. Most equipment draws electricity even when turned off.

3. Unplug all appliances, including coffee makers, microwaves, televisions, and radios. Like office equipment, many appliances use electricity even when turned off.

4. Turn off office lights and as much public lighting as possible in hallways, bathrooms, break rooms, and conference rooms.

5. Check windows to make sure they are tightly closed and locked.

6. Check faucets in bathrooms and break rooms to make sure they are completely turned off and not dripping.

7. Turn down thermostats to 65 degrees. 

8. If you work in a lab with variable air volume fume hoods, shut the sash completely (just as you should any time the hood is not in use).

9. Call in any leaks or maintenance issues to your Facilities Services team (962-3456 or

These tips will help keep your building safe and energy-efficient over the holidays.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Energy Management!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Midpoint Results for UNC Chapel Hill in EPA's National Building Competition

EPA’s Battle of the Buildings fights energy waste

On Nov. 7, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR program marked the midpoint of its 2012 National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. In the first six months of the competition alone, the competitors together have saved more than $37 million on utility bills and prevented 130,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions – that’s equal to the electricity used by 16,000 homes annually.

Teams from more than 3,200 buildings around the country are going head-to-head in this year’s ENERGY STAR National Building Competition to see who can reduce their energy use the most. The building with the largest percentage reduction in energy use, adjusted for weather and the size of the building, will be recognized as the winner in November.

Up to the midpoint, UNC Chapel Hill has seen a reduction in energy consumption of 9% at Tarrson Hall, 14% at NC AHEC Bldg, and 15% at Neurosciences Research Bldg. This is a cumulative savings of $505,918 and a prevention of 1124 metric tons of CO2 emissions!!

According to EPA, energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and energy use at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. On average, 30% of the energy used in commercial buildings is wasted. Thousands of businesses and organizations work with EPA’s ENERGY STAR program and are saving billions of dollars and preventing millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering our atmosphere each year.

For complete midpoint results for all competitors, visit