These pages will outline UMass Lowell's sustainability work in buildings. Topics explored in these pages will include:
UMass Lowell Strategic Capital Program FY2014 to FY2018
Deferred maintenance is the collection of postponed repairs in order to save costs, and meet budget funding levels. In 2010 and 2011, UMass Lowell completed a facility condition assessment to provide a review of each building, project costs, and top needs for all facilities. The report showed that the campus deferred maintenance (DM) requirement is approximately $450 million.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
It is a certification process that spreads environmental awareness to architects and contractors when constructing buildings. The design incorporates energy-efficient, water-conserving buildings with sustainable materials. There are four levels in which projects can be rated by: certified, silver, gold, and platinum. They are rated by nine key features:
Total space for sustainable design and construction: 591,662 SF; buildings included are Leitch & Bourgeois, Fox Hall, the Health & Social Sciences Building, University Crossing, and University Suites.
Design Highlights for Buildings that are currently being certified as LEED Buildings but not yet certified:
The Accelerated Energy Plan(AEP) is a three-year initiative that aims to cut energy costs among 700 selected sites across Massachusetts, including the University, by making them more energy efficient. Under the program, the state’s Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) will make improvements to 35 buildings on the North, East and South campuses. These include Olney Hall, the Inn and Conference Center (ICC) and the South Campus Heating Plant.
UMass Lowell began using Diversey products for safe environmental cleaning. As a result, the University became the first in New England to received the GreenGuard Healthy High Performance Cleaning Certified Provider recognition.
Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) UMass Lowell - Building Energy Consumption
UMass Lowell's Accelerated Energy Program (AEP) Performance Contract began in the 2015 fiscal year as a campus wide energy program to save a total of 25% of all energy in buildings (annual utility usage reductions of 483,000 therms, 5.75 MWh, and 2.5 Million gallons water).
UMass Lowell - Energy Design Build Project (Mass.gov)
Anticipated Annual Savings: Electricity (kWh) - 5,749,662, Natural Gas (therms) – 482,621, Water Usage (gallons) - 2,507,364, CO2 (metric tons) - 4,963
This DCAMM Accelerated Energy Program project addresses an ambitious set of energy, water and greenhouse gas reduction goals. Once complete, this project will improve student learning environments, optimize facility operations, and demonstrate the University’s commitment to becoming an agent for change both on campus and across the broader community of this Massachusetts Gateway City.
Following is a list of major equipment that has been selected for this project:
Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) UMass Lowell -Clean and Renewable Energy
The following is a list of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects:
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