February 21, 2017

Energy Management and Building Automation

The George Mason University Energy Department plan is to aggressively pursue energy-saving
activities and to provide adequate  support of these activities to consume energy in the most efficient manner possible.

A building should function productively; it should use energy  economically, make the work place more comfortable, and react automatically to  weather conditions.  It is a fact:

  • 40% of the world’s energy is consumed by buildings
  • 21% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide comes from building’s energy usage
  • Building owners are under pressure to reduce energy consumption.

Since FY2005, Mason has initiated two Energy  Performance Savings Contracts with Siemens Industry, Inc. totaling 16.7 million  dollars. The 40 energy improvement measures yield 2.5 million dollars in savings annually. The Energy Management Department also used funds returned from the curtailment program to complete a thermal blanket insulation project that will yield savings of 2.5 million dollars over a 15 year period and a payback of 13 months. The reduction of GHG emissions for all three projects is 20,505 metric tons of CO2 annually.

Equivalency Results 20,505 metric tons CO2

  • Annual greenhouse gas emissions from 5,379 passenger vehicles
  • CO2 emissions from 3,075,077 gallons of gasoline consumed
  • CO2 emissions from 63,790 barrels of oil consumed
  • CO2 emissions from 362 tanker trucks’ worth of gasoline
  • CO2 emissions from the electricity use of 3,420 homes for one year
  • CO2 emissions from the energy use of 2,380 homes for one year
  • Carbon sequestered by 703,325 tree seedlings grown for 10 years
  • Carbon sequestered annually by 5,848 acres of pine or fir forests
  • Carbon sequestered annually by 273 acres of forest preserved from deforestation
  • CO2 emissions from 1,142,904 propane cylinders used for home barbeques
  • CO2 emissions from 150 burning railcars’ worth of coal
  • Greenhouse gas emissions avoided by 9,557 recycling tons of waste instead of sending it to the landfill

George Mason University has made a commitment to do our  part to save energy and help protect our environment.  With your help, we can do  even more.

If you have concerns or ideas that would help Mason save energy, please send them to pbuchan2@gmu.edu

ENERGY MANAGEMENT
Name
Title
Unit
Location
E-mail
MSN
Phone
Buchanan,    Patrick
University Energy Manager
Energy Management
Maintenance,
Room 25
1E4
(703) 993-2657
McClelland, Mark
Energy Management Specialist
Energy Management
Maintenance,
Room 26
1E4
(703) 993-4637
Ewing, James P.
Energy Management Specialist
Energy Management
Maintenance,
Room 26
1E4
(703) 993-8017
 
BUILDING AUTOMATION
Name
Title
Unit
Location
E-mail
MSN
Phone
Ronnie Williams
Building Automation Supervisor
Building Automation
Maintenance,
Room 32
1E4
(703) 993-4658