Limited On-Site Staff

In an effort to promote physical distancing and to reduce risk of COVID-19, all Facilities Management units will remain operational with limited on-site staff. Staff will be available for remote support, so please do not hesitate to call or email. To submit emergency work tasks, call (530) 752.1655. To submit non-emergency work tasks, visit AggieFacilities/TRIRIGA. Thank you for your patience! Stay safe and healthy.


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. 

What is Energy Efficiency?

It's easiest to explain energy efficiency by comparing it to energy conservation. We've made an infographic to compare and contrast the two, and to show you how we're tackling both at UC Davis.

Web App

We have built our Campus Energy Education Dashboard and comfort feedback tools as web apps for you to learn about and contribute to energy saving efforts on campus. Read more to learn about why we chose web apps as our platform.


What does HVAC stand for?

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, which describe the functions of an HVAC system. HVAC systems can be found in just about every building in the world, from your house or apartment to the classrooms and labs on campus. In this blog post we will dive into how these systems work in general, and what they do on campus.