Over the past seven years the university has maintained an aggressive program of lighting and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) upgrades to reduce energy consumption. Learn more about current energy projects.
Occupancy/Light Level Sensors
SCU uses light sensors to reduce energy use buildings. Sensors face exterior exposures in Support Services, Bannan Labs, Learning Commons, Lucas Hall, Heafy Law Library, Benson Memorial Center, Casa Italiana.
Santa Clara University has 22 sensor vending machines, located throughout campus. Due to several recent construction projects, the permanent location for many machines are still to be determined.
SCU uses timers to regulate temperature based on occupancy. Occupancy and associated temperatures are controlled by Energy Management software.
The Energy Maintenance System (Trane Tracer Summit) allows Utilities to control various mechanical systems throughout the University; including heating, air conditioning, lighting, and indoor air quality from a central computer. Controlling these items from a centralized location prevents extreme temperatures within rooms and conserves energy.
Energy metering systems (monitoring all energy consumed in the buildings) are currently used in Swig Hall, the Jesuit Residence, and the Support Services buildings.
Upgrading lighting with newer, more energy efficient fixtures saves energy and money. The payback on these upgrades is typically 2-3 years. Lighting has been upgraded in the Heafey Law Library, Orradre Library, residence halls, and Bannan Engineering. Learn more about completed projects.
SCU uses Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology in the following spaces: Walsh Administration Conference Room, Support Services Parking Lot, Swig Hall Exterior Lighting.
Read more about sustainable energy initiatives, featured in recent Sustainability Updates.