Panel Review – Buildings & Energy Discussion Panel
CEC and the UT Office of Sustainability held a panel discussion on UT Buildings, green building, and energy consumption on campus.There were four panelists and here are a couple of their main/interesting points.Dr. Steven Kraal, Senior Associate Vice President, Campus Planning & Facilities Management
- There are 16 million square feet in 200 buildings on campus, which have a peak load of 65MW, requiring 35,000 ton/hrs of air conditioning.
- The second largest carbon footprint on campus after natural gas (used to power the power plant) is caused by supply chain emissions.
Dr. Michael Garrison, Professor, School of Architecture
- Buildings account for 50% of US wealth and 13% of the GDP.
- The Center for Community Renewal is attempting to restore an abandoned office building in downtown Shreveport, Louisiana, and turning it into a self-sustaining building.
Dr. Richard Corsi, Professor in Architectural Engineer, Cockrell School of Engineering
- As buildings have reduced the number of air changes per hour, the risk for air-born pollutants goes up drastically.
- So-called “green materials” react with ozone and produce even higher levels of pollutants.
- He’s leading an effort to identify building materials that remove ozone from the indoor air without negatively reactions.
Daniel Costello, Associate Director for Facilities Maintenance, Facilities Services
- Facilities target for ROI (Return on Investment) is 6 years for upgrading equipment around campus.
- 70% of the mechanical control systems on campus are still pneumatic (as opposed to DDC – direct digital control)