Tufts Energy-Efficient Construction
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The Office of Sustainability works closely with Tufts Operations at planning and implementing energy-efficient strategies in its existing and new buildings.
It is important to keep in mind that even the most energy-efficient building will add emissions to the campus. New construction can therefore not reduce total emissions. Nevertheless, new buildings offer a great opportunity to ‘do it right’ the first time. At Tufts we try to be involved early on in the design process of new buildings to ensure smart whole-building-design.
Improving Efficiency In Existing Buildings
Because Tufts’ goal is to reduce its total emissions (as supposed to its emissions per student or per square-foot) it is of special importance to focus on improving efficiency in existing buildings. Improving energy-efficiency in existing buildings is one of The Office of Sustainability’s highest priorities.
There is a vast array of energy-upgrades that can make an existing building more energy-efficiency. Some of the simpler changes involve lighting and lighting controls and high-efficiency equipment, such as air-conditioners and boilers. Yet, many building upgrades are more complicated than simple technology upgrades and require an in-depth knowledge of the building and of systems design.
At the Office of Sustainability, we also try to bundle projects. Combining energy upgrades with a longer payback with ones that are less expensive can enable the university to make more comprehensive upgrades. Learn more about efficiency upgrades in existing buildings at Tufts:
EPA Green Lights Program (university-wide replacement of lights)
Fume Hoods (energy-efficiency in laboratories)
Lighting Upgrades & Motion Sensors (university-wide implementation of high efficiency lighting and motion sensors 2003)
Schmalz House (energy-efficiency remodeling with solar water heater, 1999)
Steam Traps (efficiency gains in steam lines, 2006)