The University of Washington has recently completeed a $2.3 million energy conservation project in the Physics/Astronomy Building, which will save the university $115,000 per year while improving comfort, functionality and safety in the building.
The project replaced old ventilation equipment in the building's basement with new high-tech controls, drive and motors which will allow airflow to labs in the building to be controlled based on the occupancy of the rooms, as well as the time of day and season. It reduces the building's annual energy consumption by 17 percent.
The project cost a total of nearly $2.3 million, but grants and rebates mean the actual cost to UW was about $600,000. Given the utility savings, this means the project will pay for itself in less than six years.
For more information on the project details and the labs in the building, see the UW Today article on the project.
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