LEED Gold-designed Greiner Hall marries green building with
For the past decade, UB has been a leader in creating green
buildings and working to reduce energy and material usage
throughout our facilities.
In 2003, UB’s Creekside Village Community Center was the
first building in Western New York to become certified under the
U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
Then in 2004, UB published its own High Performance Building
Guidelines in support of New York State Executive Order 111. These
guidelines were referenced by institutions across New York State
and served to further our own commitment to build green.
Our early investments laid the foundation for five new LEED
buildings—all opening within one year of another. Four are
designed to meet LEED Gold standards and will save critical
financial, as well as natural, resources.
William R. Greiner Hall, a residence hall that debuted in 2011,
demonstrates UB's leadership in green construction. The building is
packed with features such as high-efficiency lighting, low-flow
faucets, and laundry room counters made from recycled Tide bottles.
It's SUNY's first LEED Gold-designed residence hall.
As part of a NYPA project, over 210 power meters have been
installed at UB. The new internet based “Smart” power
meters recently installed will permit UB to closely observe and
manipulate power consumption within each building. Never before
have we been able to track real-time power consumption in 5, 10 or
15 minute blocks of time. Having this information will greatly
improve our ability to better control usage within our buildings
and it allows us to verify conservation measures are performing as
expected. Detailed usage information will allow us to establish a
specific energy cost with a specific time frame, so we can target
energy reductions when power prices are peaking.
A software platform was also installed with the new meters
allowing easy access by multiple users to historical and real-time
power data at each building. The platform will automatically
upload the energy and demand data into EnergyCAP, our utility
accounting system, at the end of each month. The platform
will allow Campus Living to raise awareness with students occupying
residence halls. The meters and internet based metering platform
gives Facilities staff and others the tools they need to implement
new energy conservation measures at every location and observe the
The new power meters coupled with existing steam, chilled water
and natural gas meters gives UB a comprehensive backbone of
building energy data measurement tools. The building data
will be used to rank building performance, identify new
conservation opportunities, raise awareness, identify costs,
measure operational effectiveness, test new strategies and improve
overall campus sustainability.