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Quality classrooms and campuses foster academic excellence and make colleges and universities more competitive
Colleges and universities that work enhance academic achievement and provide a quality campus life. That means classrooms, labs, libraries, and dorms where temperature and humidity are comfortable, air is clean, lighting is easy on the eyes, the latest information and learning technologies are utilized, and everyone feels safe and secure. Ideally, this is all accomplished with maximum efficiency and minimal impact on the environment as well.
Studies show that effective university energy management helps create educational facilities that really work. In such facilities, students perform better academically. Students, faculty and staff are healthier, reducing absenteeism by up to 45 percent. And, since two-thirds of students choose their college or university because of curb appeal, quality campus environments help attract more of the best and brightest.
All of this takes money, which can be hard to come by. But projects that reduce energy and operational costs deliver savings that pay for much-needed improvements and reduce the backlog of expensive deferred maintenance so that colleges and universities don’t have to pass costs on to students by raising tuition. All kinds of institutions of higher learning have achieved these results — from a small private college like Carroll College in Helena, Montana which is saving $200,000 a year on utility bills — to a large public university like University of Massachusetts Amherst which has estimated energy and operational savings of $55.5 million under a 10 year contract with Johnson Controls.
Fund campus improvements
You can achieve these results, too, with innovative infrastructure solutions that deliver quality campus environments, lower energy and operating costs, and reduce environmental impact on the campus and community. Through a financing arrangement known as performance contracting, energy and operational savings can offset building improvement costs, and the difference is paid if guaranteed results fall short of goals. Tulane University in New Orleans utilized performance contracting to renew and upgrade its facility infrastructure following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The upgrades are projected to save the university $71 million over 12 years.
Johnson Controls can work with you to plan and implement projects to realize these savings, which can include:
- energy-efficient lighting, HVAC systems, and controls.
- renewable energy technologies such as those which use solar and geothermal sources.
- the Metasys® building management system, which integrates key mechanical and electrical building systems – HVAC, lighting, security, fire, and safety – for optimum efficiency, comfort, and safety.
Create a more comfortable, safe, and sustainable campus
You can safeguard your faculty, students, and staff with state-of-the art security systems for controlled access and surveillance, and transform your aging classrooms into exceptional learning environments with high-speed wireless networks, smart whiteboards, and other information and learning technologies.
Johnson Controls will work with your staff, suppliers, and contractors so that all these projects come in on time and within budget.
Utilizing green systems and technologies help reduce environmental impact on your campus and community. You can further those efforts by engaging students, faculty and staff to be better stewards of our natural resources and help promote college and university sustainability.
To learn more about how colleges and universities like yours have saved money and energy, and become more competitive, read our case studies. To find out how Johnson Controls can help make your campus work, contact us, or try our operational and energy savings calculator today.