Sustainability has been one of Humber’s core values since 2008. Recent successes include being the first Ontario college to receive a silver STARS designation from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in 2013, being named a Gold Workplace by Smart Commute in 2015 and 2016, and being recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2016.
The college has now authorized the development of an Integrated Energy Master Plan (IEMP) to meet the following goals by 2034:
- Use at least 50 per cent less source energy per unit area by 2034
- Use at least 50 per cent less water per student by 2034
- Cause at least 30 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions
- Create a campus-wide energy culture
- Maximize deferred maintenance retirement
- Ensure energy supply reliability
- Offer world-class academic courses addressing integrated energy, water and climate solutions
- Act as a ‘living laboratory’ to develop competitive sustainability, energy & climate curricula
- Create a national and community role model with world-class energy performance
Humber has received funding from the federal government’s Post-Secondary Strategic Investment fund to implement Phase I of the IEMP, which will include water and energy efficiency upgrades to significantly reduce consumption. Projects will include upgrades to mechanical and electrical systems, water fixtures and building envelopes.
Phase I is expected to provide a 15 per cent reduction in energy consumption and a 40 per cent reduction in water consumption across college buildings. It is also expected to retire $5.3 million in deferred maintenance.
To ensure these investments deliver their full potential for years to come, the IEMP also underlines the importance of engaging the entire college community – students, staff and faculty – in energy and climate management on a continuing basis. The plan recommends creating a “living laboratory” structure to engage faculty and student in multi-disciplinary research and curricular initiatives, addressing integrated energy, water and climate solutions.
Some sub-projects in Phase I will include:
North, N Building
This project includes a complete reskinning of the building envelope and an upgrade to the building HVAC systems to improve energy efficiency.
North, E Building
This project involves a recladding of the building envelope for energy efficiency. It will also provide a much-needed facelift to this 45 year old building and improved occupant comfort for students and faculty.
North and Lakeshore, Lighting
This project is a major renovation to convert all existing lighting to LED, with daylight and occupancy controls and a lighting control system. In addition to significant energy savings, the project will also provide a much improved learning and work environment for staff and students.
North and Lakeshore, Water Efficiency
This conservation project will include retrofits or replacements to ultra-low water consumption options. This will include items such as: toilets, urinals, lavatory faucets and showerheads. It is expected that this project will deliver a water consumption reduction of 40 per cent per student.
North and Lakeshore, Metering and Controls
This project involves the installation of metering infrastructure to monitor and measure energy performance of individual systems in buildings, providing the college with information necessary to inform ongoing decisions related to energy reduction strategies. The project will also include an upgrade to the BAS system to enhance its reporting and feedback capabilities.
Lakeshore, Chiller Plant Optimization
This project includes for an upgrade to the chiller plant at the Lakeshore Campus to optimize energy performance; cooling energy savings of 40 per cent is expected. Optimization will occur through the installation of a proprietary controller, VFDs for primary chilled water pumps, and installation of temperature and pressure sensors.