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What are the energy efficient features of campus buildings?

The specific features vary depending on the building.  Some of the high level features found in most of our new buildings include the following:

  1. Good Wall and Roof Envelopes
  2. Good Windows
  3. Indirect/Direct Evaporative Cooling
  4. Energy efficient motors and drives
  5. Outside Air Economizer
  6. Variable Air Volume Systems
  7. Minimized Reheat
  8. Low Flow water fixtures
  9. Instantaneous water heaters based on demand vs. storage
  10. DDC controls
  11. Low Lighting Power Densities
  12. Occupancy Sensors and Control

How does the campus fund installation of renewable energy projects such as solar PV panels? 

Financing is currently available through a combination of Colorado Amendment 37 rebates and incentives via Xcel Energy as well as federal tax credits and third-party financing. Colorado Amendment 37 was passed by voters in 2004 and mandated the use of 20 percent renewable energy statewide by 2020. 

To take advantage of the Amendment 37 opportunities, the university negotiates with a third party entity to design and construct a solar facility.  The negotiated agreement also puts into place a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the option for the university to own the system in the future (typically within seven years) while allowing the third party to take advantage of all current local (Xcel) and federal (IRS) tax credits.  CU-Boulder then has the option to purchase the solar facility at a fraction of the construction cost and has the ability to sell back to Xcel Energy the power generated by the PV panels. 

Campus solar panels are located at:

Bear Creek carport

Institute for Behavioral Science

Center for Community

Mountain Research Station rooftop & ground mounted

Center for Innovation and Creativity

RL-2 Building

Coors Events Center

UMC

East Campus Solar Farm

Williams Village Carport

Housing System Maintenance Center

Wolf Law Building

Check out live monitoring of campus solar energy: http://www.colorado.edu/cusustainability/RenewableEnergy.html

What is LEED?  What buildings on campus are LEED certified and at what level are they certified?

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a certification process created by the U.S. Green Building Council that the university uses to construct buildings that contribute to environmental health as well as architectural aesthetics. Additional information about campus building construction standards is available: http://www.colorado.edu/cusustainability/greeningcu/LEED.html.

Building

Year

Certification

Andrews

2010

Gold

Arnett

2009

Gold

ATLAS

2006

Gold

Basketball/Volleyball Practice

2012

Platinum

Buckingham

2010

Gold

Center for Community

2012

Platinum

Institute for Behavioral Science

2012

Platinum

JILA Addition

2012

Gold

Koelbel Business

2007

Gold

Smith Hall

2011

Gold

Systems Biotechnology

2012

Platinum

Visual Arts Center

2010

Gold

Williams Village North

2011

Platinum

Wolf Law

2006

Gold

Check out the LEED scorecard for each building: spreadsheet