As part of a volunteer internship, four students from the first-ever offering of the new Sustainable Energy Management program recently conducted an energy audit of buildings NE2, NE4, NE6, and NE8 on the Burnaby campus.
The students assessed equipment in the buildings and compiled an inventory of energy-consuming equipment, including lighting, HVAC systems, power equipment, and computers. The purpose of the audit was to identify opportunities for energy conservation within the Factor IV area.
After conducting the audit, the students toured the buildings with Part-time Studies instructor and energy management engineer Alvaro Reyes to confirm their findings. Excitingly, the students found many areas in which BCIT can reduce its energy use. Some of these energy drains are easy to fix. For example, in one building, lights stay on after hours because the building lacks adequate lighting controls. In another, a malfunctioning door sensor keeps the heat on unnecessarily when the door is left opened.
A list of Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) was created out of all the student audits and served as a foundation for the Factor IV Strategic Energy Management Plan (SEMP).
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