Project Lead: Karen Lobo
Sponsor: Physical Plant-Campus Services
TGIF Grant: $21,400
Project Theme: Energy Conservation & Efficiency
2011 Application Submission
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Status: In Progress
Project Description: Install MS Magnesense Differential Pressure Transmitters on air handling units in eight campus buildings. These switches will notify PP-CS’s Energy Management System when filters are reaching the end of their life cycles and need to be replaced. Using the switches will end the current method of relying on scheduled replacement dates and human observation, which are often incorrect and lead to the replacement of filters that still have lifecycle remaining.
Goals: Order and install new air filters only when EMS has been notified by the MS Magnesense Differential Pressure Transmitters. This project hopes to realize the extended life cycle of air filters for a time space of 50% greater than the current method. Savings include energy, human labor, purchase and transportation of new filters, and disposal and transportation of old filters. Furthermore, data loggers installed at each location will measure Amp and voltage needed to calculate energy consumption and monitor decreased usage. This project will also help with LEED credit application and compliance with CalGreen code for indoor air quality.
TGIF Blog Posts about Air Handling Unit Transmitters
|2012 Project Poster|
Project was delayed due to difficulty hiring a student intern and the project received TGIF approval for a timeline adjustment.
Next Steps: Project will focus on installations at Bechtel Hall, as well as the on-going monitoring of the equipment results.
Future Plans: The project hopes to continue in the next academic school year, 2013-2014. The next steps for this project include the accrual of data in the next year for each of the buildings and to continue to monitor them throughout the year.
Data to be collected: