Rice University Integrated Climate & Energy Master Plan

NV5 supported Rice University in developing an integrated climate and energy master plan to leverage the university’s assets and resources, current and future, to optimize energy use, economic responsibility, and environmental sustainability. The plan provides guidance for future energy investments and decisions that will impact the university’s carbon footprint.

The approach involved evaluating current baseline performance of utility infrastructure, campus buildings, and the systems for measuring and controlling campus energy consumption. Three reports provided the basis for a plan to improve the operation of existing assets while the university continues to expand. The Energy Production, Distribution and Storage Plan presents a utility infrastructure assessment, energy consumption forecast, and CO2 emissions analysis that includes alternate equipment configurations to gain efficiencies. The Building Level Energy Efficiency report is a site assessment of energy consumption and recommended energy conservation measures. The Energy System Metering and Controls reviews current energy meters and controls and presents plan to upgrade, maintain, and expand the system to provide more useful information (versus simply collecting data).

The integrated plan provides a coordinated strategy for: future energy investments and associated environmental performance; central plant and distribution system improvement; initiating a campus-wide plan to improve building energy performance and address deferred maintenance items; and funding maintenance, replacement, and expansion of consistent monitoring and control of campus energy systems and campus energy consumption.

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