Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Receives High Performance Energy Efficiency Award from NYSERDA

NYSERDA Funding for East Campus Athletic Village Helps Reduce Energy Costs by $223,513 Annually

January 19, 2012

TROY -- The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recognized Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) with a High Performance Building Plaque for energy-saving investments that will reduce energy costs by $223,513 annually.

RPI’s construction of Phase I of its East Campus Athletic Village, a new basketball arena and stadium adjacent to the Houston Field House on the Troy campus, was supported by $404,491 in NYSERDA incentives, which leveraged $3.1 million in other investment. The project’s energy-efficiency improvements included high-efficiency lighting, demand control ventilation, variable speed drives on a cooling tower fan, fan motors and water pumps. 

The energy savings—1,173,020 kilowatt hours—is equivalent to the amount of electricity consumed by 170 single-family homes annually and will be realized by the institution every year for years to come.

The facility’s energy efficiency improvements will reduce energy consumption, decrease demands on the utility’s distribution system, increase occupant comfort and decrease the environmental impacts of the construction process.  The improvements also helped RPI achieve LEED Gold certification.

“The reduction of energy usage is a key strategic goal for us at Rensselaer, as part of our overall sustainability efforts. We’re delighted to receive this recognition from NYSERDA and we look forward to continuing to make smart, targeted decisions and investments that will lessen our impact on the environment,” said Claude Rounds, Rensselaer Vice President for Administration.

“Energy efficiency improvements to such an integral part of the campus will make sustainability an observable aspect of the university,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA.  “This award recognizes RPI’s commitment to using less energy and, thereby, having less impact on the environment.”

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.  RPI’s East Campus Athletic Village is rated to perform 33 percent above code. 

Plaques were also awarded in the Capital Region to Arbor Hill Branch and New Scotland Avenue Branch as these buildings are slated to perform 36.3 and 44.6 percent above code respectively.

Since 2009, NYSERDA has provided more than $1.8 million to help reduce electricity consumption by approximately 15.3 million kilowatt hours in 9 new construction projects throughout Rensselaer County - the equivalent of the annual electricity consumption of nearly 2,228 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 identify cost-effective opportunities to increase energy efficiency, develop greenhouse gas emission inventories and more.

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority 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. A public benefit corporation, NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.

Last Updated: 11/26/2014