Students at Carleton University draw on historical and real-time data from every room in the Canal Building to learn about and experiment with building systems design.

On May 29, 2012, representatives from Carleton and Delta Controls opened a new facility for teaching and research, housed in a building containing sensors and actuators from Delta Controls to monitor building energy use and respond to occupant needs for light, temperature control and air quality. More than convenience, this monitoring and adjustment ensures that Carleton is using energy efficiently, saving both power and expense.

With Delta Control’s equipment and the expertise of Carleton’s researchers, the building is providing data to further predictive and simulation modeling to enable building managers and designers create smarter, more efficient, sustainable buildings for Canadians.

Occupants and visitors to the building can also keep an eye on the building’s performance. A display in the lobby shows current energy uses, weather factors and other variables.