During the summer break 2010, Facilities Operations repaired a leaking steam condensate line between Bobbitt and Norris. The leak was identified early on by our lead boiler technician due to his diligence in monitoring and recording boiler make up water every day. He noticed an unusual amount of make up and began searching for the leak. Once identified, the logistics of the repair involved closing city roads, visit days, summer camps and FURSCA. The pipe was replaced and the street back open in a week.
Albion College’s building automation system protect buildings.
While students are spending winter break with friends and family, the building automation system is hard at work protecting buildings. By constantly monitoring outdoor and indoor temperatures and only heating buildings to keep them from freezing, the system allows for almost complete building shut down while providing freeze protection.
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This past summer Facilities Operations embarked on a project in the recently completed Kresge Science Building to improve sustainable performance beyond original LEEDS design. The installation of the Aircuity System allows around the clock monitoring of air particulate in designated lab spaces and automatically varies air flow based on contaminant type and occupancy level. This system is one of the first of its kind in operation and by reducing the amount of ventilation air by almost 50%, it will save the College close to $70,000 a year in heating, cooling and electric costs. The system also qualified for nearly $31,000 in utility rebates.
Mudd Heat Exchanger
This past summer, Facilities Operations performed some highly anticipated renovations in Seeley Mudd Library. Part of the renovations included a conversion from steam heating to much more controllable hot water heating. The re-allocation of some equipment from I-House was integral in making this happen. Thanks to the re-allocation of the I-House equipment we can now control temperatures in the Mudd library better than ever before.
NEW BOILER CONTROLLER
Albion College’s new boiler controls save energy.
The new automatic controls adjust boilers continuosly throughout the day to maximize efficiency. This digital system adjusts more rapidly to changing heating demand than the old analog system and has resulted in an energy savings of more than $37,000.00 per year and earned a substantial rebate from the gas utility.