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Committed to sustainable design, construction, and renovation
UMD construction and renovation projects meet sustainability goals for site, water, energy, indoor environment, materials and waste. Several UMD buildings are LEED certified and all campus buildings that begin the design phase after January 1st, 2015 comply with Minnesota's B3 Sustainable Building guidelines.
View our buildings and other green features through the Virtual Sustainability Tour!
Superior Dining Center renovation (renovation followed B3 Guidelines)
Cina Hall (renovation followed B3 Guidelines)
Ianni Hall (LEED Certified Silver)
Swenson Civil Engineering (LEED Certified Gold)
Bagley Outdoor Classroom (LEED Certified Platinum)
Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LEED Certified Gold)
Operation and Maintenance
Buildings are operated by the BSAC team (Building Systems and Controls) of Facilities Management who monitor temperatures and maintain heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. As 90% of UMD's emissions come from heating and powering our campus buildings, the BSAC team is critical to reducing emissions and bringing us closer to becoming a carbon neutral campus, as outlined in UMD's Energy Action Plan.
Turning on the air conditioning at UMD is not as easy as flipping a switch -- in fact, it takes nearly a week to prep the system before cooling can begin.
- Chilling towers are flooded and coils in the air handling systems are filled with water to prepare for the cooling season.
- Once the system is prepared, cool water from the chillers is pumped to the cooling coils in the air handling units, which in turn cool the air supplied to the occupied spaces.
During winter breaks, the UMD campus shuts down all of the mechanical systems except the essential ones.
- Buildings are closed and the UMD campus goes into a low-occupancy mode.
- Buildings are operated at temperatures lower than normal and with limited ventilation.
- Some classrooms and offices are now operated on occupancy sensors. While classrooms are unoccupied, variable frequency fans are turned down. In the winter, this results in cooler rooms that warm as the day goes on.
- While some HVAC adjustments have to be made manually by the BSAC staff, many adjustments can be made remotely. A centralized system allows changes to be made within moments of identification of a problem. In addition, BSAC staff also use smartphone apps that allow access to building controls, making changes possible from anywhere.
UMD has a Campus Temperature Set Point Standard to help conserve energy.
- Heating: 68F to 70F
- Cooling: 74F to 76F
This balance can save money and reduce environmental impacts.
However, sometimes indoor comfort issues are an indication of larger problems with the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. If you have concerns or experience extremely warm or cold conditions, please contact Facilities Management at x8262.
Temperature magnets are available through the Sustainability Office to help monitor temperature and provide more detail when calling Facilities Management. Get yours today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org!