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Word of the Month: Refrigerant

What is Refrigerant?

Refrigerant is a chemical compound which easily transforms from liquid to gas state. It is an essential component of cooling, and is used in all air conditioners, coolers, and refrigerators.  In terms of its chemical composition, there are a few different types:

LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Certification

LEED: Certifying Existing Buildings

While many newly constructed buildings at UC Davis are LEED-certified, the work does not end with the construction of new sustainable buildings. Throughout the United States, the certification of existing commercial buildings is becoming increasingly important in order to meet global environmental sustainability goals. 

Wattson Explores The Central Cooling System

Previously, Wattson the Water Droplet explored the heating half of the Central Heating and Cooling Plant (CHCP). This time, he will be exploring the cooling side of the facility.

Wattson Explores the Campus Heating System

Located near the Tercero housing residence halls, UC Davis’ Central Heating & Cooling Plant (CHCP) heats and cools over 8 million square feet of building space. The CHCP is a hub for energy -- it’s where electricity and natural gas are used to make chilled water and steam to be distributed across campus. 

Word of the Month: Plug Loads & Vampire Loads

Plug Loads & Vampire Loads

A plug load consists of one or more devices plugged into an outlet or power strip. Vampire loads (also known as phantom plug loads) secretly drain electricity when an electronic device is turned off, but still plugged into an outlet.

A phone charger plugged into a wall without a phone connected to it still consumes a small, but continuous amount of electricity. Coffee makers, toasters, and printers also consume energy when plugged in, even when the devices themselves are turned off.

Word of the Month: Electrical Substation

Currently, UC Davis obtains two forms of energy: natural gas and electricity. Natural gas is purchased directly from PG&E and is routed onto campus through pipelines. But electricity comes from a variety of sources and must be funneled through an electrical substation before being distributed to across campus. 

ECO Guides Lab to LEED Gold Certification!

In June, the Toxic Pollutant Health Research Laboratory (TPHRL) at UC Davis received the LEED Gold certification for the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance. LEED certifications are an official recognition that a project complies with the requirements - in this case the project achieved 72 points out of a possible 110.

Global Campus Energy Managers Workshop 2019

Energy Managers from as far away as Spain and Taiwan will be meeting at UC Davis next week to share and learn about energy-saving strategies from campuses around the world. 

Oldest Certified LEED Platinum Building on Our Campus

Built in 1955, the Energy Conservation Office once served as the ROTC facility on campus. Today, it is home to the Energy & Engineering unit within Facilities Management and holds a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified Platinum rating for existing buildings (EB). It is the oldest building on campus to have received a LEED certification and the first existing building to receive the platinum rating — the highest green building rating given by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).