Cedarville University has recently been making great strides in energy conservation by:
- Incrementally replacing an old, out-dated, proprietary energy controls system to an open platform system (called Tridium) that is programmable and allows remote access to view troubles and/or alarms, change settings, etc. The system allows us to set specific temperature ranges for heating and cooling, and keeps building occupants from being able to change the temperature. The system has already been installed in several residence halls and administrative buildings.
- Installing motion sensors in certain dorm lounges and other areas that put the system on standby if there is no activity in the area for one hour.
- Installing new computer systems with power saving options turned on; i.e., the monitor will turn off after a set time of inactivity.
- Eliminating any and all space heaters from campus.
- Changing interior lighting to fluorescent lighting whenever possible.
- Replacing less efficient lighting with energy saving lamps, fixtures and ballasts whenever feasible and appropriate.
- Connecting decorative pole exterior lighting to energy management systems which will turn them all on and off at the same time based on light levels.
Following are some specific LEED-recognized "green" initiatives included in the design of our new Center for Biblical & Theological Studies:
- HFC refrigeration for rooftop units
- High efficiency boilers
- High efficiency rooftop units
- Automated lighting control
- Daylight harvesting
- Low VOC MEP sealants
- Low flow urinal flush valves
- Daylighting (includes clerestory, roof monitor, and high 10' perimeter windows with sensors to control artificial lighting)
- Shading devices including building recesses and overhangs, and internal blinds
- High efficiency glazing — solar low-E glass
- Extensive use of local materials (stone, brick)
- Eliminate use of toxic building materials, select durable. Low emitting toxin products
- Selected materials, when possible, with high recycled content and that can be recycled themselves at end of life. Includes use of steel, cast stone and carpet tiles (Interface)
- White finish on roofing membrane
- Use of stained concrete reduces materials used in floor finishes, as well as cuts down on cleaning products
- High Albedo roof reduces solar heat gain in building and reduces heat island effect on site
In addition to the "big" things, there are many small things that you can do to help save on energy costs and conserve energy:
- Make sure that lights are turned off when rooms are empty.
- Report any water leaks as soon as possible (using our updated work order system).
- Turn on energy saving options on your computers during the day — and turning computers off at night.
- Use task lighting (lamps) when possible instead of overhead lighting.