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PEOPLE-ORIENTED The university takes a fundamentally people-oriented approach to energy savings. Staff and operators are being trained to pay more attention to the energy performance of their buildings. “The often-used method of controlling and operating a building is by reaction,” says Mr. Leitch. “Somebody calls and they say they’re hot, and then you deal with it. It’s rare for people to dive down and say: ‘Why was it hot? What happened?’” This is what the Facilities and Services is doing now. Mr. Leitch and the energy management team have been collecting data to support more proactive measures to manage energy use in campus buildings. New submeters measure energy loads by

building. “We want to get into more of a predictive and a diagnostic mode,” says Mr. Leitch. “That comes with an increased use of automation systems and data management.” Then awareness programs pass that information onto the occupants. “We’re creating benchmarks by giving people the data, translated into a language they can understand and act on,” says Mr. Leitch. The results of this work? “We’ve been getting a lot more in-tune with how people want their buildings,” says Mr. Leitch. “And people are noticing. They’re saying: ‘Gee, it’s nice in here. I like the light. This is great!’ People don’t think about saving money; they think about: ‘What’s my comfort like?’ And we’re looking to improve that for them.”

RENEWABLE FUTURE “To me, conserving energy is like putting money in the bank and saving it at 1.2%,” says Mr. Leitch. “Generating energy onsite, on the other hand, is like investing money, where you might get 8 to 10%.” The University of Toronto is looking into opportunities to produce electricity and hot water with rooftop photovoltaics and solar thermal systems. Furthermore, the university has invested in passive design features to utilize more daylight. “We’re doing daylight controls now,” says Mr. Leitch. “We’re looking at controlled window shades. Things like that are taking on a lot more importance.” Mr. Leitch is also looking into using condenser water SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE

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