Energy projects

Past energy projects

UTM has undertaken countless projects over the past 15 years to make the campus more energy-efficient and decrease our greenhouse gas emissions. Some of these projects include:One of the new fume hoods in Davis Building

  • upgrades to lighting from incandescent or fluorescent lighting to LEDs – buildings where this has taken place include Davis, CCT, Theatre, RAWC, Student Centre, Central Utilities Plant  and Tunnel
  • replacement of the campus’ old, inefficient cooling tower with a new, much more efficient model
  • replacement of the campus’ main boilers at the Central Utilities Plant, which heat many campus buildings, with newer, more efficient boilers
  • upgrades to fume hoods in Davis Building — fume hoods are huge energy users, with each one using about three times more energy annually than a house, so these upgrades resulted in significantly less energy use by these fume hoods, by decreasing the amount of air exhausted from the hood when they are not in use
  • replacement of the chiller (air conditioning unit) at Oscar Peterson Hall with a more efficient model
  • installing more energy meters campus-wide, allowing Facilities staff to continually monitor and track energy usage
  • replacement of end-of-life roofs with high-albedo (white) roofs, which reflect (instead of absorb) incoming sunlight and cut down on the amount of energy used to cool the building

Future energy projects

As part of the federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction program, UTM has received funding for several projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency. These projects will take place over the next three years. These projects include:

  • retrofitting motors in CCT from constant speed drives, which run at full capacity all the time, to variable speed drives, which use less energy
  • replacement of rooftop air handling units with more efficient units on the Kaneff Centre, Student Centre and Theatre
  • upgrades to the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning systems of RAWC and Davis Building
  • replacements of boilers (both for heating and hot water) in Alumni House, Student Centre, Erindale Hall and Oscar Peterson Hall
  • upgrades to more energy-efficient windows in Davis Building
  • retrofits and optimization of the main campus chiller in the Central Utilities Plant
  • retrofits to the chiller (air conditioning unit) in Erindale Hall
  • conversion of Davis Building hot water systems to instantaneous
  • solar thermal heating for the pool at the RAWC
  • a campus-wide energy dashboard, which will allow building occupants to see the amount of energy being used by buildings in real-time
  • electric vehicle charging stations