Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE):
- Upgraded heating/cooling systems for campus by retrofitting the Central
Plant with high-efficiency boilers, chillers and hot water pumps.
- Installed thermal storage system (million gallon chilled water tank) to supplement
the Central Plant. Charging the tank at night reduces the load on the
electric grid during peak daytime hours.
- Converted air distribution systems from constant air volume to energy-efficient
variable air volume (VAV) systems. For this extensive project, UMBC utilized
energy performance contracting.
- Upgraded heating/cooling systems for student housing by replacing stand-alone
units with Satellite Plant utilizing high-efficiency boilers, chillers and
- Upgraded pneumatic controls with Direct Digital Controls tied to a Building
Automation System with graphical user interface.
- Upgraded exterior lighting for roadways, walkways and parking lots to high-efficiency
metal halide lamps.
- Upgraded interior lighting from T12 to more efficient T8 and T5 ballasts
and lamps. Replaced incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps.
- Installed low-flow toilets, urinals, faucets and shower heads to reduce water
consumption. Eliminated condensing units that used city water for cooling.