NYSERDA Funding Helps College Reduce Energy Costs by Nearly $45,000 Annually
April 04, 2011
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recognized Daemen College with a High Performance Building Plaque last week for energy-saving investments at the Daemen Research & Information Commons that will reduce energy costs by $45,000 annually.
The energy savings were supported by nearly $145,000 of NYSERDA incentives, which helped fund the purchase and installation of high performance lighting and occupancy controls, high efficiency chillers and boilers, a building management system and various other energy efficiency measures. The recently constructed Research & Information Commons is a three-story building with 47,000 square-feet of space.
“Energy efficiency and sustainable building materials are the most cost-effective investments colleges and universities can make for long-term savings and a healthy indoor learning and work environment for students, faculty and staff,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “I commend Daemen College for the high priority it places on conserving energy and protecting our environment.”
“Daemen College is grateful to NYSERDA for its assistance in helping to make the Research & Information Commons one of the most energy-efficient buildings of its type in Western New York,” said Daemen President Dr. Martin J. Anisman. “Our hope is that the Research & Information Commons will inspire others to create buildings and neighborhoods that are even more efficient, innovative, and environmentally friendly, buildings will help redefine the relationship between each of us and the environment.”
The energy savings—more than 300,000 kilowatt hours—is equivalent to the amount of electricity consumed by 43 single-family homes annually and will be realized by the College every year for years to come.
NYSERDA High Performance Building Plaques are presented to hospitals, colleges and universities, schools, businesses and other organizations that have constructed or substantially renovated buildings to perform at least 30 percent above the New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code.
Daemen College is the 48th recipient of the plaque, and the Research & Information Commons is rated to perform 41% above code. Other Western New York recipients of this award include the Harris Hill Fire Department and the Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Williamsville.
Since 2009, NYSERDA has provided more than $25.2 million to help reduce electricity consumption by approximately 118 million kilowatt hours in 421 new construction projects throughout Western New York—the equivalent of the annual electricity consumption of 17,000 single-family homes.
NYSERDA’s New Construction Program provides assistance to incorporate energy efficiency measures and sustainable building practices into the design, construction and operation of new or substantially renovated buildings. Green building incentives also are available to customers pursuing LEED certification. These measures are designed to save energy through reduced electricity demand, and therefore reduce building operating costs.
For existing facilities, NYSERDA incentives can be used for lighting retrofits, upgrades to motors systems, energy management systems, heating and cooling systems and other operations. Assistance also is available for energy audits to help indentify cost-effective opportunities to increase energy efficiency, develop greenhouse gas emission inventories and more.
For more information, visit NYSERDA.ny.gov.
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.
Last Updated: 01/21/2014