Project Updates

Rosenstiel, Abelson-Bass, Feldberg Lighting: New lighting in these buildings will use 50% less energy while maintaining light levels. Additional occupancy sensors will reduce lighting in unoccupied spaces. The project will reduce around 332,400 kilowatt hours annually.

Faculty HVAC: Upgrades to Faculty Club’s air conditioning & ventilation systems will improve energy efficiency, comfort, and reliability. Saves 73,090 kilowatt hours annually and 250 tons of carbon emissions.

Steam Piping: Replacement of the underground steam lines occurred over the summer and are estimated to prevent 81,600 therms of gas from being wasted each year. The carbon emissions savings equate to taking 80 cars off the road.

Volen Energy Management: Improvements to control systems in Volen will optimize various aspects of heating, cooling, ventilation and pressurization. The upgrades will reduce building energy use by up to 60%.

Castle Boiler: A new high-efficiency heating system was installed in the Usen Castle to provide more reliable and efficient heating. Eliminates 15.7 tons of carbon emissions annually, equivalent to 1,600 gallons of gasoline.

Sherman Kitchen Hoods: These hoods now have an intelligent ventilation system that senses conditions and efficiently responds to capture smoke and heat and to ventilate the air. This will reduce noise and save 50-90% of hood energy use.

Kutz: AC upgrade in Kutz will improve efficiency and reliability.

Science Complex Retrocommissioning: Behind-the-scenes improvement to several building systems in the Science Complex will save up to 500,000 kilowatt hours annually.

Brandeis Sustainable Energy Program

It All Adds Up

This year, Brandeis is implementing a program to improve the campus, save energy, and reduce pollution.

 This 16 month program starting in March 2012 takes a comprehensive approach to reducing energy and improving campus infrastructure through strategic investments. Multiple projects implemented throughout the year will address maintenance issues, improve reliability and comfort, and improve the Brandeis environmental footprint. Look for the “It All Adds Up…” signs at the various project sites to read details about that project and read updates on the column to the right.

Why is this a strategic investment?

The Trustees of Brandeis University have set aside $5 Million for the improvements to campus through this program. In addition, funding is being provided through incentive programs by the energy utility companies.

What are the benefits of the program?

Cumulatively, these improvements are projected to improve the quality of life and working conditions at the university, and reduce utility costs by $540,000 annually. In the process Brandeis will reduce carbon emissions by 1,614 metric tons of carbon equivalent (MTCO2e) each year - or equal to taking 316 cars off the road. This will bring the University closer to reaching its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. Also, by using best energy management practices, the University is providing for a better living and learning environment for its students.

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What kinds of projects are part of the program?

The Brandeis Sustainable Energy Program will fund three types of projects in the near-term:

  • lighting retrofits – which will provide more efficient and longer-life lighting
  • replacement of aging heating and cooling systems – which will improve building comfort
  • performance optimization of building systems – which is a process of identifying and fixing inefficiencies in all of the energy-related systems in a building
  • working with building stakeholders to find other ways to conserve energy through low-cost or no-cost changes

Who is implementing the program?

The Brandeis Sustainable Energy Program is being led by Facilities Services with support from GreenerU Inc. an energy and sustainability services company specializing in higher education institutions. The utility company NSTAR and the firm Siemens are also key collaborators. 


Which buildings willbe part of the program?

Initial buildings selected for upgrades include:

     Bernstein-Marcus Administration BuildingKosow-Wolfson
     Kutz Hall
     Sachar International Center
     Sherman Student Center & Hassenfield Conference Center
     Slosberg Music Building
     Volen National Center for Complex Systems 
     Wein Faculty Center

How can Brandeis community members get involved?

We invite every community member – students, staff and faculty -- to take at least one energy saving action this year. One seemingly small action if taken by each person can add up to a huge impact. Here are some ideas of energy conserving actions:

  • turning off computers daily
  • controlling heating
  • turning off lights in unoccupied spaces
  • closing fume hood sashes
  • shutting down unused equipment, such as projectors or lab equipment
  • retiring, downsizing, or upgrading appliances such as fridges or printers
  • activating power saving settings on computers and printers
  • keeping doors closed especially to labs (helps with ventilation, pressurization, heating and cooling)
  • making your next equipment purchase the most energy efficient model available

Do you know of an energy-saving practice already being practiced in your building? Please share it with us!


Who can I contact with questions?

Please contact Brandeis Energy Manager Bill Bushey with any questions or comments.