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Erickson Hall – Energy Conservation Measures

Project phase: Archived

Michigan State University is a partner in the Better Building Challenge, a joint initiative on the part of the White House and the Department of Energy that calls on chief executive officers, university presidents, and state and local leaders to make a substantial commitment to energy efficiency, and recognizes the organizations they lead for achieving results. Each partner was asked to identify a demonstration project that can be used as a model for other organizations to follow. MSU initially identified Anthony Hall as the Showcase Building for the initiative. The next showcase building was Erickson Hall, home to the College of Education. Analysis of the building performance indicates that by optimizing building performance through maintenance items, testing and tuning the mechanical systems and through the addition of other energy conservation measures, significant energy reductions were feasible.

Project details:

  • Seal openings in architectural supply-air plenums
  • Conversion of pneumatic constant volume air-handling systems to electronically controlled variable air volume systems
  • Re-calculation of outdoor air ventilation rates based on current code requirements
  • Installation of air-flow monitoring devices and new outdoor air dampers to correctly monitor and adjust for the appropriate volume of outdoor ventilation air
  • Re-calculation of heating/cooling loads to reduce maximum fan speeds
  • Focused re-zoning of the air-distribution system to meet occupant comfort requests and  improve overall system performance
  • Implementation of annual steam trap testing and replacement program


Start of construction: August 2009

End of construction: August 2014

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