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Better Buildings Challenge

MSU takes up Better Buildings Challenge


April 30, 2012

MSU has named Anthony Hall as its first showcase project in the Better Buildings Challenge. The Better Buildings Challenge asks the nation’s leaders in energy proficiency to commit to be at least 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020. The challenge is a small part of the Better Buildings Initiative launched by the federal government to invest in innovative clean-energy technologies.

MSU officials selected Anthony Hall through a unique building-profiling system (using historical data, energy use per square foot and more) and an energy audit of the building (identifying mechanical and related systems that may need to be replaced or updated). All mechanical systems in the building will be commissioned, or assessed and adjusted to ensure they are operating at the optimal level. The assessment will lead to the reparation of malfunctioning items and the installation of energy-conservation measures, new technologies that will take savings to the next level.

Energy-conservation measures that are planned for Anthony Hall include: installing or repairing insulation on chilled-water and hot-water piping systems; installing variable-speed drives on cooling tower fans; implementing demand-ventilation control strategies in auditoriums; installing air-quality sensors in laboratories; installing heat-recovery units in the exhaust air stream; connecting heat recovery to refrigeration units; and upgrading lighting and installing lighting controls.

To complete the cycle, MSU will “continuously commission” the building, or aggressively monitor the new or newly adjusted systems to ensure efficiency is sustained. Anthony Hall will be the first building at Michigan State to undergo this complete process, setting the blueprint for future energy-efficiency improvements in MSU’s aging building fleet.

Tuning up campus buildings

As MSU moves to reduce energy consumption and transition to more renewable sources, it is necessary for the University’s hundreds of buildings to operate more efficiently. To do this, the Physical Plant* is leading the way with several significant energy-conservation initiatives. These will build the foundation needed to make the transition to renewable-energy sources and meet campus energy-conservation goals.

Green Issue 2012

Prior to the creation of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities in January 2013, several IPF departments were a part of the now-dissolved MSU Physical Plant. Some historical articles on this website reference that former unit.