UTSA Facilities boosting energy efficiency for Roadrunner community – UTSA

by | Apr 25, 2022 | Energy

In 2001, the UT System Energy Utilization Task Force (EUTF) set an energy reduction stretch goal for UTSA to decrease its EUI by 20% over the next 20 years, a goal which the university has exceeded. In 2020, Facilities’ Energy and Utilities Management team reported that the university’s EUI had decreased by 37% since 2001. During this time, the square footage increased by 182% due to the more recent additions of the Science & Engineering Building (SEB), the Student Success Center, the Roadrunner Athletics Center of Excellence, the Mesquite Living Laboratory and Guadalupe Hall.
Careful planning and strategic innovation are key to Facilities’ energy efficiency success, as well as the department’s purposeful diligence in adhering to energy and water conservation code guidance.
“Renovations and new construction require the use of LED lamps, because less energy is required to light an LED bulb compared to a fluorescent light,” said Dagoberto Rodriguez, UTSA energy and utilities manager.
In addition to LED lighting retrofits, major improvements to UTSA buildings over the past two decades also include building envelope updates, as well as chiller and boiler replacements that enable more reliable and efficient interior heating and cooling.
“When we replace older equipment that is beyond its useful life, the new equipment typically provides greater ene …

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