U of Alberta to install Aircuity for lab ventilation in 3 buildings
July 2, 2014 - The University of Alberta has announced it is embarking on an ambitious program to retrofit and upgrade existing facilities and control systems. As part of its strategy, the university awarded Aqua Air Systems—the Western Canadian representative for airside efficiency company Aircuity—with a five-year contract to install Aircuity in at least three buildings on campus: Katz Group Centre, Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation, and the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences.
By Alyssa Dalton
In 2012, the university published its sustainability plan with a goal of continuing to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency and conservation, along with implementing renewable energy technologies.
“This contract will help the university make significant progress toward several goals, including maximizing energy savings on campus, reducing our carbon footprint, lowering our overall maintenance expenses, improving our occupant engagement, education and awareness programs, and optimizing our building operations,” said Michael Versteege, energy management program manager at the university.
The award to Aqua Air Systems includes design, installation, startup and service of Aircuity’s OptiNet facility monitoring system to implement demand control ventilation and indoor environmental quality monitoring for five years. Meanwhile, Aircuity Advisor Services will be used to help in the continuous commissioning of the buildings and to proactively manage the labs. The university can also use this data to track air flow and its associated energy use, which will help ensure the maximum energy savings are being achieved in these spaces.
“We are thrilled to expand our business relationship with the University of Alberta with this award,” said Jim Delaney, president of Aqua Air Systems. “We have worked closely with the university for more than 10 years, and we are both proud and honoured that the university would select us for this innovative program to significantly lower their energy use, enhance occupant safety and comfort, and lower their carbon footprint.”