Energy Audit: Oakland Building

Adhiraj Singh, Jason Kelly, Vincent Cheng, Shwetha Choudhary, Dr. Farah Singer, Prof. Michael M. Ohadi, Chauncey Jenkins (Facility Management, UMD)

  • Recently built in 2011, the Oakland residential building houses approximately 650 students across 8 floors and 180 rooms. The Gross Square Footage is 233,436 sq. feet.Despite being a recently built LEED Gold certified facility, there were some operational issues with Oakland hall with the major one being lack of clarity in sub metering data.
  • The ECMs suggested were: 1) Validation of sub meters to initiate energy awareness campaigns to engage students and integrate behavioral analysis with energy efficiency, 2) LED retrofits, 3) Smart switches for operable windows.
  • Based on the ECMs , the building’s energy consumption patterns by 20-30 % which translates to $70,000 worth of energy savings every years.
    Estimated energy savings: 4.65 MMBtu
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