Binghamton University awarded for energy efficiency

By Justin Andrews

April 11, 2013 Updated Apr 11, 2013 at 6:50 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton University is awarded for high performance in energy efficiency.

The university received a 44 percent energy code on the Engineering and Science Building.

To receive an award from the New York State and Energy Research and Development Authority or NYSERDA, building must perform above 30 percent.

BU received $479,000 from NYSERDA to help cover the costs of energy efficiency measures during construction, including high-performance windows; occupancy-based lighting controls; daylighting controls to take advantage of maximum use of natural light; high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; the latest technology for heat recovery and humidity control; and variable speed drives and motors.

President Stenger says without using effective energy costs the campus would be spending thousands.

"That will result in an annual energy savings of four-hundred thousand dollars per year. If this building were built without these features, we would be spending four-hundred thousand dollars more per year to operate this building," said Dr. Harvey Stenger, President of Binghamton University.

The Engineering and Science building now has a High Performance Building plaque for high energy efficiency.