Department of Energy
As part of President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge, the Energy Department recognized the University of Utah today for its leadership in energy efficiency and for reducing energy use by 40 percent in a historic campus building, saving the University $57,000 a year.
Through the Better Buildings Challenge, the university upgraded the 42-year-old Dumke Health Professions Education Building and is on track to meet an energy reduction goal of 20 percent by 2020 across 13 million square feet of building space.
“The University of Utah, along with other Better Buildings partners is saving millions of dollars by cutting energy waste and reducing carbon emissions,” said Dave Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “The university’s efforts showcase strategies that can be replicated at similar buildings, institutions and facilities across America”
The University of Utah identified the building as a Better Buildings showcase project because of its unreliable heating and cooling systems. The building underwent comprehensive heating and air conditioning system improvements to update the cooling system including replacing antiquated and faulty controls, two boilers and related equipment. As a multi-use building, it houses classroom, office, laboratory and clinic space for the Departments of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Neurobiology and Anatomy. Nearly half of the building is occupied by energy-intensive labs and walk-in refrigerators for the university’s human anatomy and body donor programs. (…)