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Energy dashboard

With generous donor support, Seneca has purchased and installed integrated water, gas and electricity monitoring systems for its Centre for the Built Environment capstone project, the energy dashboard. The goal of the project is to help students learn about, and manipulate, the technology they will encounter in their future careers. At the same time, the dashboard will help Seneca monitor its energy consumption more holistically, adding to efficiency and (energy and economic) savings.

 

Other highlights

Solar farm: A pre-conceptual study of the solar farm at King Campus has been conducted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote net-zero energy use.

Energy management plan: An energy management plan was created to meet the requirements of the Ontario government’s Green Energy Act. The plan established the systems and processes necessary to improve energy performance, use and consumption.

Energy audits: Energy audits were conducted at Markham Campus to identify potential energy conservation measures that would reduce energy consumption and cost.

Solar domestic hot water: Solar domestic hot water systems were installed at Newnham and King campuses to reduce natural gas costs and provide learning opportunities for students.

LED lighting: Select areas of existing lighting are being retrofitted on an ongoing basis with LED to reduce electricity costs and remove mercury from the waste stream (from fluorescent lamps).

OCFMA energy sub-committee: Seneca participated in the Ontario College Facilities Management Association Energy Sub-committee to network with other colleges and share best practices.