STARS Information

  • Credit Rationale: This credit recognizes institutions that use a centralized energy management system that allows it to track energy consumption and performance.
  • Environmental Benefits: An energy-management system (EMS) is used to control energy-consuming equipment, ensuring that these systems operate properly. By using basic Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) fundamentals and mastering EMS design/operation, one can find energy waste stemming from defective control devices and poor EMS programming.
  • Scoring: Institutions earn 0.25 points for meeting the criteria outlined above.

Going Green

CSU Channel Islands Summary:

CI controls energy usage and greenhouse gases via web-based building management system. It is a network of communication devices and building controllers located throughout our buildings and mechanical spaces. These controls schedule occupied times, operational set points, and temperatures for the lighting/ ventilation systems. The campus coordinates the time of building use with our stakeholders for the general class times and periods of use. This way the lights and HVAC system will be off when nobody is home!

The building controls are web-based and can be accessed for the internet. This allows our engineers to make adjustments even when they are not on campus, which improves our customer support. The system automatically collects trend data for diagnostics and analysis of energy usage. It also has a programmable logic that responds to the outside air conditions to enable “Free Cooling” when possible creating opportunities for larger equipment to remain idle when certain conditions are met. CSUCI is able to quantify electrical savings created by the energy management system, using annual trend data.

CSUCI is installing energy usage sub-metering to discern how much energy each individual building uses, keeping each building running at its optimum ability to conserve energy.

Information Received From:

Dave Chakraborty: Director of Construction and Operations

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