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)

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About Matthew Peterworth

I currently work as a Technology Specialist at Henderson Engineers in Kansas City – a Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing (MEP) design firm. Prior to that I was a Project Manager for Information Technology Services (ITS), the central IT department at the University of Texas at Austin. As of July 2008 I am a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) through BICSI. And as of June 2011 I am a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the great state of Texas. Please follow me on Twitter @mpeterworth.

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