Energy Team

The Energy Team was formed to increase the capacity to implement energy conservation projects. This need was identified as a part of the campus Whole Systems Implementation Plan.  Currently the team consists of:

  • Energy Systems Manager (Colin Richardson)
  • Building Management Systems Technician (Terrence Nimegeers)
  • Energy Specialist (Glen McIntyre)
  • HVAC Efficiency Technician (Steve Casey)

Energy Team 2019
Steve Casey, Glen McIntyre, Colin Richardson and Terrence Nimegeers

The goal of the campus energy team is to reduce energy use and associated GHGs and costs. The energy team identifies and leads the implementation of projects and energy reduction measures that have the best return on investment. In order to evaluate the results of previous projects and use experience to guide future ones, the team tracks campus energy performance and the impacts of projects as they are implemented.

Roles of the Energy Team
• Technical support for campus HVAC systems and campus building automation systems
• Identify strategies for energy savings
• Review operation of equipment to ensure optimal operation and maximize efficiency
• Troubleshoot systems and equipment to ensure optimal operation
• Carry out flushing and cleaning programs to improve and maintain systems performance
• Develop and implement campus energy policies
• Provide technical guidance to ensure new buildings meet energy efficiency targets consistent with campus energy plans
• Conduct energy audits
• Review and report on campus energy performance
• Continuous measurement, verification, tracking and analysis of energy use on campus

The Energy Team is currently executing a number of energy conservation projects.  Some of these projects include:

• Optimizing ventilation air temperatures based on feedback from internal building systems
• Reducing fan speeds based on internal building system feedback
• Determining building occupancy based on building WIFI system use
• Installing high-efficiency LED lighting in Administration, Library, Arts and CCS buildings
• Implementing load-shedding strategies to reduce electrical peak loads
• Upgrading EME gas sourced domestic hot water strategy with heat pump and electric equipment
• Re-commissioning to ensure efficient operation of energy consuming systems
• Optimize controls to more fully utilize campus district heat pump system
• Installing occupancy controlled ventilation in laboratories where possible
• Connecting Science 3rd floor to allow for heat pump heating option
• Reviewing lab ventilation rates to ensure guidelines are followed
• Installing variable speed drives on Science lab Strobic Fans

Completing the above projects will receive $180,000 in FortisBC rebates and save over $150,000 in utilities costs and 300 tons of CO2 per year.
The results of campus energy initiatives will be communicated in quarterly and annual public reports that will show current and historical campus energy consumption. If you have ideas for any energy savings or have any questions, please feel free to contact a member of the energy team.