enough to meet campus cooling needs.
(The plant also delivers river water
for campus irrigation through its
underground piping system.)
As these upgrades were in the works,
the U of C also committed to design all
new buildings per LEED® (Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design) green
building standards. (The campus’s first
LEED-certified facility was the new Child
Development Centre – another capital
expansion project – which, when opened
in 2007, was the largest LEED Platinum
building in Canada and one of the first
such buildings constructed in a cold-weather climate.) Existing buildings are
also getting energy-efficient retrofits as
funds become available.
The Bottom Line
When it begins serving the campus
in March 2011, the University of Calgary’s
new cogeneration system will return
roughly 25 percent of its initial cost to
university coffers each year through
energy savings, while reducing carbon
emissions 43 percent below 1990 levels.
Through a combination of “little and big
steps” – conservation, on-site power and
heat generation, carbon emissions control
and innovative project management and
delivery – the University of Calgary is
already well on its way to meeting the
energy and sustainability needs of its
Tom Phelps, PE, P.Eng., is a principal at Stantec, where he is responsible for development and elivery of district energy and cogeneration projects, especially
in campus environments. He has served as
project manager for central utilities upgrades
at the University of Calgary since 2006. Phelps
has 33 years’ experience in consulting
engineering, including 15 years with Stantec
and three years working in alternative energy
research and development. Active in ASHRAE
and IDEA, Phelps served as technical chair for
IDEA’s 2010 Campus Energy Conference. He
may be contacted at email@example.com.
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