Sustainability Audit Report – MASTER SHEET
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Sustainability Audit Report Submitted: May 4, 2009 Audit performed by: Dustin Quandt Space/Date Audited: Alumni Center, 3/31/2009 Building contact: Christi Kasten This report contains observations of the CH2M Hill Alumni Center and recommendations to enable building occupants to make their workspace and processes more sustainable. These recommendations aim to respect the unique nature of each space while encouraging occupants to make changes that will reduce environmental impacts. If you have any questions or comments regarding the report format, observations or recommendations, please write to Other departments interested in a sustainability audit can contact the email above. Recommendation Summary Table 1. Recommended and Potential Energy Conservation MeasuresReturn on Annual Energy Annual Cost Implementation Conservation Measure Investment Savings Savings ($) Cost(years)Replace all incandescent lights with CFLs. Avg. $5/bulb; 7,925 kWh $396.23 0.8Estimated impact is 51 lamps. $255 totalInstall occupancy sensor to reduce lighting hours 640 kWh $32.00 $94.00 2.9in breakroom. Estimated impact is 8 fixtures.Outdoor lighting off during daylight hours 6,570 kWh $328.50 $380.00 1.2Turn off or standby computers at night that typically run 24/7; estimated impact is 15 9,765 kWh $488.25 $0.00 ImmediatecomputersEnable standby modes on computers that typically run during working hours; estimated impact is 20 ...


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Sustainability Audit Report Submitted:May 4, 2009Audit performed by:Dustin QuandtSpace/Date Audited:Alumni Center, 3/31/2009Building contact:Christi Kasten This report contains observations of the CH2M Hill Alumni Center and recommendations to enable building occupants to make their workspace and processes more sustainable. These recommendations aim to respect the unique nature of each space while encouraging occupants to make changes that will reduce environmental impacts. If you have any questions or comments regarding the report format, observations or recommendations, please write tosustainability@oregonstate.edudepartments interested in a sustainability audit can. Other contact the email above. Recommendation Summary
1 2 By implementing the changes listed above 110,074 lbs of CO2,708lbs ofSO2and 2 370lbs ofNOxwill not be emittedintothe environment each year. 1 PacifiCorp; 2  Phil Carver, Oregon Department of Energy
LightingObservations: Typical fixture is a 2 lamp T8, recessed fixture. Lights were usually off in unoccupied areas. A few lamps were burntout in the foyer.
Recommendations: Replace all incandescent and halogen bulbs with compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs.CFLs produce light much more efficiently than incandescent and halogen bulbs.CFLs also produce less heat, an important factor to consider during the summer months.CFLs come in a widerange of spectra and intensities, so a suitable CFL can be found for almost any application. Install motionactivated occupancy sensors in common areas such as restrooms, kitchens, copy rooms and mechanical spaces where lights are typically left on. Thesetypes of sensors are efficient and easy to install.They automatically turn off the lights if no motion is detected within a specified period of time.Detailed recommendations for specific spaces can be provided upon request. Consider natural light sources when arranging furniture and work spaces. Naturallight is fullspectrum, aestheticallypleasing and free.Even on overcast days, natural light can provide sufficient illumination for many tasks. Report instances of improperlytimed outdoor lighting.Outdoor lighting is usually controlled by either timers or photosensors.If these controllers fail, the lighting will remain on even if daylight provides sufficient illumination.If you notice outdoor lighting that is improperly timed please contact the Sustainability Office
Replace or remove burntout fluorescent lamps.Unlike incandescent bulbs, burntout fluorescents still consume energy.If the light level in the area is adequate without the lamp lit, please emailsustainability@oregonstate.edufor more information on delamping procedures.If the lamp has been out for more than two weeks and needs to be replaced, contact Facilities Services by email atFacilitiesCustomerServ@oregonstate.eduor by phone at 72969.Notes on specific areas with burntout bulbs are available upon request. Computers and peripherals: Observations: Some computers and monitors were observed on in unoccupied spaces. Some printers had standby modes enabled. .Many computer peripherals (speakers, external hard drives etc) were on in unoccupied areas
Recommendations: Turn off or standby computersat nightand have them enter standby when not in use for extended periods of time (30 minutes or longer).Standby or shut off monitors that have been inactive for 10 minutes. oOn most computers, power management options can be found under the Control Panel (from StartSettingsHere you canClick ‘Power Options’.Control Panel). designate when your monitor or computer should enter standby. oMost hardTurning a computer on and off does not damage its hardware like it once did. disks are rated at 20,000 on/off cycles. If turned on/off once a day, it would take 55 years to reach this rating number.
Manually turn off cathoderay tube (CRT) monitors at nightor during prolonged downtime (10 minutes or longer). Older (pre1995) CRTs consume considerable energy even while in standby or sleep modes.In one case, we measured a 17” CRT using 58Wwhile on and 45W in standby. Turningthem off (using the hard switch) guarantees that these monitors are not drawing a large phantom load. Purchase liquid crystal display (LCD) monitorswhen replacing CRT monitors or for new workstations. LCDsuse considerably less energy and cause less eye strain, and their slimmer profile increases useable workspace. ConsiderEPEATor Energy Star®certified products (, energysaving and) which meet environmental criteria.. Turn off printers at night (especially laser printers)that typically are on all day.Laser printers consume considerable amounts of energy even while in standby mode; according to manufacturer’s specifications, several laser printers inventoried during the audit consumeover 80W while in standby.The average standby power draw in the Alumni Center is 58W.If high volume printing is not necessary, recommend that staff use inkjet printers, which typically use considerably less energy (<5W) when in standby. Network printerswithin workgroupsso that the total number of printers can be decreased. Using the highcapacity printers to their fullest capability will save energy as well as decrease the need for purchasing numerous different print cartridges.These larger printers are also more commonly capable of printing on two sides, decreasing the volume of paper purchased.The cost of a conduit to network a printer is around $100.For more information, please contact Use a surge protector for computer peripherals and other accessories. While many computer peripherals like speakers, scanners and external hard drives do not use very much energy (<5W), the accumulated energy consumption is significant.By having them all plugged in to a surge protector, not only are they protected from fluctuations in current, they also can be easily shut off at night or during extended periods of downtime. Use laptops in place of desktops when appropriate.Laptops use considerably less energy than a desktop (2030 W vs. 100150 W) and do not require an uninterruptible power supply.A laptop docking station allows for desktoplike function while at work or at home while allowing the full portability required of a laptop. Decrease time at which copiers and printer enters powersave mode to 15 minutes. Other Electrical EquipmentObservations: 1 small refrigerator and 1 regular size refrigerator were observed. 2 microwaves and 3 coffeepots. Space heaters and fans were also noted.
Recommendations: Plug accessories into a surge protectorso they can be easily shut off at night and on weekends. Many of the accessories listed above require a constant power supply to power displays and maintain system functions.While this phantom load is usually small for an individual piece of equipment, the aggregate power consumption can be surprising. A surge protector is a safe and convenient way to protect these devices while allowing the user a fast and simple way to shut them off when they are not in use. Surplus mini refrigerator and rely on shared refrigerator.Small ‘mini’ refrigerators use between 200 to 300 kWh annually.A new, fullsized refrigerator uses only 600 kWh to cool a volume many times greater. Tips for efficient refrigerator and freezer use:oKeep units2” away from the wall and clean coils once every 6 monthsoReplace and clean gaskets on doors to maintain an effective seal oSet refrigerator temperature to 40°F and freezer to 0°F oFill empty space with jugs of water in the fridge and blocks of ice in the freezer If possible, turn off commercial kitchen appliances when not in use.The refrigerator, walk in cooler and coffeepots use considerable amounts of energy (the coffee makers drew 45W each when idle), so consider turning them off when not in use. A switch or dial is the preferred method for turning these items off, as unplugging and replugging them while they are on can stress equipment components.Determine the time required to reach holding temperature and prepare them in advance for events. The walkin cooler and the reachin freezer use over 4,500 kWh per year. Turningthem off when there are more than 2 days between events requiring theiruse could save a considerable amount of energy and money. Recycling Observations: Paper and commingled recycling bins were present in various locations around the area. Recommendations: Ensure enough recycling bins are located to be convenient for all office occupants.Ideally, a commingled recycle bin would be adjacent to every trashcan in a common area. For more information on recycling, please Other Notes: If your office space generates electronic waste,consider participating in a new electronic media recycling program offered by Campus Recycling.Items such as CDs, CD cases, 3.5” floppy discs, and audio/visual tapes are accepted.For more information, please contact
Purchasing Recommendations: Consider Energy Star® products when replacing appliances and office equipment. These products are typically 1030% more efficient than nonrated models and the purchase price difference is oftentimes negligible. certified computers and accessoriesConsider EPEATwhen purchasing new equipment. EPEATevaluates products on a widerange of environmental criteria, ranging from energy consumption and materials to toxic content and endoflife management. Paper Use Observations: About 233 reams of 30% white paper and 7 reams of colored (or other) paper are used per year. Recommendations: On all computers, set doublesided printing as the default setting for printers with this capability. Encourage printing on clean side of singlesided paper for all unofficial documents.Add small boxes near printers containing this draft paper or leave a stack of this paper in printer bypass feeders. Heating & Cooling Observations: Space heaters were observed in a number of offices. A number of issues with building heating and cooling systems were discussed which affect the comfort of occupants, but that may not easily be remedied.Facilities Services is aware of these issues but solutions are challenging to do problems with design and functionality of existing building mechanical systems. Recommendations: Consider alternatives to forced air space heaters.While effective in small, wellinsulated spaces with low ceilings, forced air space heaters are inefficient in areas where the warm air can easily escape or rise above the occupied area.Alternatives allow for equal comfort while using significantly less energy.Radiant heaters use 100200W, compared to 1500W for forced air heaters, and users report increased comfort at lower air temperatures.Radiant heaters are also preferred from a fire safety standpoint.
Try these energysaving tips to keep yourself comfortable: oDress appropriately for the weather: wear light, breathable clothing in summer and layer clothing during the winter oUse fans instead of AC units, and radiant heaters (which heat you and notthe air) instead of space heaters oClose shades or blinds during hot days (keeps heat out) and on cold nights (keeps heat in). Water Conservation Observations: Only half of the washing sinks had aerators that limited flow to 1.0 gallons per minute (gpm), an accepted industry standard. Recommendations: Install aerators to limit flow on hand washing sinks to 1.0 gpm. Unless a sink is used for filling, 1.0 gpm is an adequate amount of water for hand washing.
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