INSIDE IOWA STATE
May 18, 2001
Campus building audits begin later this month
by Debra Gibson
By month's end, ISU's "volt-busters" will be headed your way
in the university's campus-wide effort to conserve energy and save $1.5
According to David Miller, ISU's utilities director, the campus building
visits will result in facility evaluations and recommendations for energy
savings. Though Miller and his staff have been collecting data and
establishing benchmarks the past several weeks, he said one conservation
strategy for all won't be sufficient.
"Every building on campus is different," Miller explained,
"based on its age, the equipment inside and the way we use it. Although
there are principles we can apply to all, every single building will have
its own energy conservation plan."
Miller estimates it will take most of the summer for him and his staff to
analyze the energy needs of the more than 100 general university buildings.
These will include the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary
Medical Research Institute, but not residence halls, facilities controlled
by the athletic department, buildings leased by the Ames Laboratory and USDA
facilities like the National Soil Tilth Laboratory. However, those entities
will be provided with energy conservation information as well, Miller
Building temperatures will be regulated, keeping the summer thermostat at
78 degrees. Cooling systems will be turned up during "off hours,"
except in the approximately 14 buildings whose operating hours will be
extended beyond 5 p.m. Those facilities, Miller said, cater primarily to
students taking night classes or working in computer labs. Other buildings
whose operating hours won't be affected include the Parks library and the
Lied Center. Miller is working with ISU schedulers now to try to ensure that
"no one will have to go more than one or two buildings away for
In early June, Miller also hopes to launch an extensive Web site dedicated
to energy conservation facts and tips.
"The only way we can see some real savings is if we provide enough
good information to our consumers," he said. "But we don't view
ourselves as the energy police. This energy conservation goal was
established for all of Iowa State, not just one element. Hopefully, the
entire university will pull together and make some good decisions.
"Historically, ISU has maintained low utility costs," Miller
said, "and we're hoping that our current budget situation interests
people in becoming greener all the time."
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