U.S. Energy Department honors Berkeley for innovative energy-saving

jacobs hall

Jacobs Hall

UC Berkeley has won recognition from the U.S. Energy Department for its leadership in campuswide energy innovations.

As an example, the Energy Department cited Jacobs Hall, which opened last year as the home of the interdisciplinary Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, for achieving 65 percent energy savings. 

Berkeley also won praise for its Energy Management Initiative (EMI), which the Energy department called “an innovative approach to linking energy costs to building occupants.” Through EMI,  Berkeley has achieved campuswide energy savings of $6.5 million and now has a practice in place to help benchmark energy performance in its buildings, the Energy Department news release said. 

“UC Berkeley’s energy efficiency work is proof that any large institution can set ambitious energy savings goals,” said Maria T. Vargas, director of the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge, for which Jacobs Hall was Berkeley’s showcase project

“Working with the Better Buildings Challenge has helped us further improve our existing energy program and has supported our efforts to continue to implement our energy-savings programs that require the participation of building occupants, including students, staff and faculty as well as facilities staff such as operators and building managers,” said Kevin Ng, energy manager at Berkeley. “One important result of our work is our campus energy policy, which applies a set of behavioral and operational standards across the university covering HVAC, lighting, procurement and building design and construction.”

Read the Energy Department's press release