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Heritage Commons
800 Oak St
Oxford, OH 45056
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Built in 2005, Heritage Commons consists of six buildings offering 108 apartment-style living accommodations for upper class and graduate students. Each apartment contains four private bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a dining and living room. Its newer heating and air conditioning systems already operated much more efficiently than other older systems on campus. What helped qualify it for the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance was the complex's automation system that was installed when the buildings were constructed. This system allows personnel to regulate room temperatures based on occupancy and is part of a campus-wide building automation system.   


Because Heritage Commons has longer occupancy stays, the staff regulates the system on site. To reduce unnecessary heating and cooling when apartments are unoccupied, temperatures are adjusted to 62 degrees in winter and 82 degrees in summer. These adjustments resulted in an 18.8 percent reduction in steam usage during the 2009 winter break compared to the same time period in 2008 for Heritage Commons. In addition, all appliances were unplugged during the break. This resulted in a 19.4 percent reduction in electricity usage.


The automation program at Heritage Commons alone resulted in a $7,378 cost savings in steam reduction over the 2009 winter break compared to winter break 2008, as well as $2,600 in electrical cost savings during the same time period.




"The staff at Heritage Commons meticulously monitored their buildings to best conserve energy throughout the year."

-- Matt Frericks, Dir. of Aux. Construction & Facilities, Miami University

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Miami University or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Building Owner:*
Miami University

Property Manager:*
Miami University

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2010 (77)

Facility Type: Residence Hall/Dormitory

Total Floorspace: 184950 sf

Year Constructed: 2004

Contract Type: Multiple Contractor Contracts
Financing Type: Internal Capital

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