University receives High Energy Performance award from NYSERDATweet
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recognized Binghamton University’s Engineering and Science Building as a High Performance Building at a news conference April 11. The building, which officially opened in November 2011, is rated to perform at 44 percent above the state’s energy code, saving as much as $400,000 annually in energy expenditures.
Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger accepted a High Energy Performance plaque from NYSERDA President and CEO Francis Murray Jr. at the news conference.
“Our Engineering and Science Building is a shining example of how seriously Binghamton University takes its commitment to sustainability,” Stenger said. “We’re especially proud of this remarkable building, but what is even more impressive is the research we do here, and the way the building helps us in the process of discovery. It features state-of-the-art, flexible research laboratory space and is a teaching facility where students gain hands-on experience in their fields as they learn about the value of sustainability in a really cool building.”
Stenger said Binghamton’s success in designing and constructing the building was dependent on significant support from NYSERDA. “This recognition will help others understand the quality of the design and our commitment to being Binghamton Green. It also provides the type of sustainable energy efficiency that is one of our Road Map goals,” he said.
The building supports Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ambitious Build Smart NY initiative to increase energy efficiency in state buildings by 20 percent in seven years by
strategically accelerating priority improvements in energy performance.
“We have made energy efficiency a priority in our state-owned buildings, and this Binghamton University building is a model for other academic institutions to follow,” Cuomo said. “The energy savings from these efforts make more funds available for the strong educational programs needed to continue to develop the innovative science and technology sector here in New York state.”
NYSERDA awards High Performance Building plaques to hospitals, colleges and universities, schools, businesses and other organizations that construct or substantially renovate buildings that perform at least 30 percent above the New York State energy code. Binghamton University’s Engineering and Science Building reduces annual electricity use by 1.7 million kilowatt hours, the amount of electricity consumed by 247 single-family homes annually. It also reduces annual fossil fuel use by 11,374 million MBtu, enough to heat 160 homes, and eliminates more than 1,635 tons of global-warming, greenhouse gas emissions annually.
Murray said this recognition of the Engineering and Science Building puts it in an elite position. “NYSERDA does not give out many high-performance plaques,” he said, “and even fewer earn it for a level of energy efficiency of 44 percent. That’s a phenomenal achievement.”
Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, who with Sen. Thomas Libous was instrumental in helping to secure funding for construction of the building, also spoke. “This is definitely a wonderful building and I’m glad to have played a part in its becoming a reality,” she said. “From the moment we began discussing the Innovative Technologies Complex dream, I had no doubt we would be putting together a building like this. I want this place to be a role model. It reflects well on Binghamton University and New York state to make this smart investment.”
NYSERDA awarded $479,000 to Binghamton University to help offset the incremental cost of energy efficiency measures during construction of the Engineering and Science Building, which includes high-performance windows; occupancy-based lighting controls; daylighting controls to take advantage of maximum use of natural light; high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; the latest technology for heat recovery and humidity control; variable speed drives and motors; and renewable energy sources of passive solar and geothermal technology to augment heating and cooling.
“With this building, Binghamton University has gone well above and beyond, and should be very proud of this accomplishment, which supports Gov. Cuomo’s Build Smart NY initiative to increase energy efficiency in state buildings,” said Murray. “The university’s success in integrating energy efficiency into the construction of this building demonstrates its clear commitment to excellence, responsible stewardship of the environment and recognition of the long-term value of energy efficiency.”
NYSERDA has previously awarded funding for energy efficiency measures at seven of the residence halls and the Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center in the University’s East Campus housing project, as well as for substantial renovations at the University’s Recreation Center.