Through a NYSERDA-suppoted initiative, Kapoor Hall is projected
to be 29 percent more energy efficient than required by the New
York State energy code. Photo: DOUGLAS LEVERE
Energy-efficiency projects at UB made possible by the New York
State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will save
the university approximately $513,000 in energy costs and eliminate
more than 2.600 tons of global-warming, greenhouse gas emissions
The NYSERDA-funded initiatives move the university closer to its
goal to increase sustainability and become carbon neutral by
NYSERDA has awarded $1.4 million for energy-efficiency projects
at UB, with almost $1 million of funding—and a resulting
$300,000 in energy savings—going towad the LEED-designed
(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) projects at Kapoor
Hall on the South Campus and Davis Hall on the North Campus.
Other projects include Greiner Hall on the North Campus, the new
Educational Opportunity Center building in downtown Buffalo and the
renovation of Hayes Hall on the South Campus.
These latest NYSERDA-supported initiatives continue a NYSERDA
partnership with UB that has been ongoing for the past decade.
Prior to these projects, NYSERDA awarded $1.1 million in incentives
to UB for other efficiency advances at newly constructed and
Kapoor Hall, which houses the School of Pharmacy and
Pharmaceutical Sciences, is projected to be 29 percent more energy
efficient than required by the New York State energy code. Davis
Hall, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’
research facility, is projected to operate at 34-percent higher
energy efficiency than required by the energy code.
To help offset the incremental cost of higher-efficiency
equipment, products and materials, NYSERDA awarded $426,000 in
incentives for the Kapoor project and $522,000 for Davis Hall.
Laura Hubbard, UB vice president for finance and administration,
says the energy-efficiency support being provided by NYSERDA is
helping the university remain at the forefront of sustainability
efforts within higher education nationwide.
“The university is committed to instituting best practices
in green building and energy efficiency as we develop
state-of-the-art facilities and living-learning spaces under the UB
2020 strategic plan,” Hubbard says.
The NYSERDA awards are in addition to an ongoing, $17.9 million
energy-efficiency project initiated by the New York Power Authority
in July 2012 on the North and South campuses that is expected to
save the university more than $750,000 a year and eliminate more
than 4,500 tons of carbon emissions annually. That project is the
latest phase of energy-efficiency improvements that NYPA has
undertaken at UB since 2004.
The NYSERDA energy-saving projects support Gov. Andrew
Cuomo’s ambitious Build Smart NY initiative to increase
energy efficiency in state buildings by 20 percent in seven years
by strategically accelerating priority improvements in energy
performance. The comprehensive initiative will save millions of
dollars for taxpayers and create thousands of jobs, while
significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“Increased energy-efficiency projects like those at the
University at Buffalo are critical to New York’s future, as
they reduce energy use, cut operating costs and improve our
environment, while adding jobs to the economy,” Cuomo says.
“UB is demonstrating its commitment to sustainability and
supporting economic development in the region in its partnership
with NYSERDA on these improvements.”