Large Retrofit Projects: Not scary!Myth-busting:• You don’t need previous experience to do this• You won’t be coordinating the actual retrofits• You won’t have to do all the calculations by yourself So relax already…
What Am I Doing, Exactly?You are helping your university identifygood places on campus for a retrofit.Facilities departments are oftenunderstaffed, and your research may help“spark” retrofit projects that were onhold/never would have happened. Potential savings are valuable!
What You’ll Need• Stakeholder support• Strong math skills• Google• Willingness to ask questions and take feedback• A good, feasible project
Find a Good ProjectMust be: – Simple – Worthwhile – Measurable – Of interest to stakeholders• Ask around – Facilities stakeholders• Look around – Be on the hunt for energy hogs on campus
Find a Good Project Lighting ideas – T-12 to T-8 conversion – Delamping – Powering downWater ideas – Low-flow aerators/showerheads/toilets – Irrigation improvements And more! Be persistent – don’t give up!
Calculating Savings• Ask for help! – Energy Manager – Campus Lead – Building Manager – Teammates – Facilities Director – Professors• Do your research! – Do it yourself – Find answers online, do your homework• Be comfortable with uncertainty…
EXAMPLECampus Cafe: Converting T-12’s to T-8’s Assumptions from metrics tracking sheet Source: UC Berkeley Green Campus
Financial Analysis Metrics• Annual Savings How many kWh/$/CO2 emissions saved per year as a result of retrofit? Calculate kWh savings Convert to $ and CO2• Simple Payback Period How many years would it take before the university makes its money back? Upfront costs ÷ Annual $ savings
Financial Analysis Metrics• Net Present Value What is the university’s total profit from this retrofit, taking into consideration project life and time value of money? Discount Rate UC 6.6% CSU 6.0%
Look for Rebates! There are lots of rebates out there for energy efficiency retrofits – Up to thousands of $$$ – Rebates for universities – Check utilities website – Call and ask!
Run your calculations by someone! (Someone knowledgeable) – Stakeholders – Alliance Staff
Calculations done! Now what?Present your findings to stakeholders• Report• Presentation
Tips• Come up with multiple strategies (2 or 3) – Let them choose one!• Show the pretty stuff (a.k.a. money) – Only explain data and calculations if someone asks• Cut to the chase – Stakeholders have a million other things to do• Be professional – You are setting a precedent for Green Campus
ExampleDining Hall Lighting Retrofit Cal Poly Pomona Green Campus
Giving a Presentation• Accompanies the report• May be more convincing – (Not everyone may read the report )• Number of audience members may vary• Formal public speaking experience, yay!
Claim Metrics! (the best part)Source: UC San Francisco Green Campus
Thank You! Questions? Wen Lee Alliance to Save Energy firstname.lastname@example.org