University of California Office of the President
1111 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94607
The University of California Office of the President serves as a central resource to the Regents of the University of California. Our twelve-story office building was built in 1999 using energy efficient lighting and equipment. The facility utilizes T-8 lighting with electronic ballasts and occupancy sensors in both offices and common areas. The Office of the President also utilizes compact fluorescent light bulbs and LED exit signs. The building has an energy management system that allows our staff to monitor and adjust the startup and shut down times of HVAC systems in order to achieve an optimal balance of comfort and efficiency. Cooling towers pre-cool the air and supply fans use variable speed drives, which allow for greater efficiency.
Because of its central role for the University and its already energy efficient nature, we are piloting some promising energy efficiency approaches at the Office of the President. If successful here, these technologies may be employed in facilities across the University of California's entire building portfolio. One example of this type of project is our study in scotopically enhanced lighting. We used high color temperature lamps to simulate the color of natural light. Since human eyes are adapted to see best at these wavelengths, our office space can be well lit with less lighting power. We used addressable ballasts to allow staff to set lighting at levels that were comfortable for them. In our study we achieved energy savings of approximately 15%.
Another example of a successful technology employed here at the Office of the President is a static pressure reset system for our supply fans. Working with Quantum Consulting, we identified a more efficient way of operating our variable air volume system. Our energy management system now gauges how much air flow is actually needed and then electronically controls the pressure to deliver it. Energy savings have been 2.5 times what we originally expected. In fact, the payback for this project is estimated at only one year.
At the Office of the President, we also pursue advanced energy management practices. Our interval electric meter allows us to track our energy demand every 15 minutes - giving us accurate information for evaluating changes in energy use. We also have a proactive maintenance program that uses a computerized tracking system to ensure that we are on top of maintenance efforts for all of our equipment. This system records maintenance history and the cost of maintenance, helping track both the frequency and cost of equipment maintenance - something we consider whenever we evaluate a potential replacement of old equipment.
To complement efficient systems, we communication with our employees about the importance of conserving energy. Whenever California issues an energy alert, we pass that information on to our employees to encourage additional energy saving measures by all staff. Our energy managers discuss energy management issues on monthly conference calls and at annual energy management and sustainability conferences. To publicly announce that we had earned the ENERGY STAR for our building, the University held an unveiling ceremony that included representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, the City of Oakland, University staff, and student representatives. The event was covered by the local paper and is another way we are demonstrating our commitment to the environment.
Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by University of California 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.
Quantum Energy Services and TEchnologies, Inc.
University of California
Jones Lang LaSalle
Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
Facility Type: Office
Total Floorspace: 225000 sf
Year Constructed: 1990
Contract Type: Single Turn-Key Contract