We can all assist with doing our share to reduce demands on the electricity system by:
- Turning off all but essential internal and external lights;
- Turning off computers overnight and on weekends;
- Turning off laser printers, photocopiers, etc. overnight and on weekends;
- Setting air conditioners to 26 degrees Celsius or higher, or using fans as an alternative;
- Closing curtains and blinds to keep the sun out and retain cooler air inside;
- Reduce the use of electricity intensive equipment; and
- Delay the use of major power consuming appliances such as ovens, dishwashers, washers, dryers and swimming pool pumps until after 8:00pm.
The Department continues its efforts implementing strategic initiatives to the extent of funding availability, to manage energy consumption and conservation, which include:
- Construction Standards to incorporate more energy-saving features in new buildings and during major renovations. The University’s long-term operational costs will be lower if projects incorporate more energy-saving equipment, lights, HVAC, and automated system management features and standards;
- Proactive maintenance and repair of building systems and campus-wide utility distribution systems. This includes adding insulation to reduce outdoor element infiltration, maintaining steam traps and system valves, locating and repairing leaks, updating the local and global controls systems for greater operational efficiency, and working towards reducing the deferred maintenance backlog on these systems;
- Upgrading our chilled-water production and distribution systems to consolidate existing proliferation of cooling equipment, reduce maintenance costs and improve energy efficiency.
Indoor Air Quality
We strive to respond to all Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) concerns voiced by staff and students in a timely and professional manner. It is the intent of Carleton University to provide a safe and pleasant environment in which the university community may study, teach and carry out research.
Building Ventilation System Operation and Reporting
We are responsible for operating and maintaining all heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems (HVAC) on campus. A call or email to the FMP Service Centre (ext. 3668) will allow the appropriate trades person to review and take corrective action. If the problem cannot be resolved, Environmental Health and Safety may be contacted to assist in the investigation.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Investigation Procedure
Indoor Air Quality concerns will be investigated in the following manner:
- Advise the area supervisor of the indoor air quality concern
- Report the concern to the FMP Service Centre at extension 3668
- The FMP Service Centre will initiate an IAQ Complaint Report and arrange for personnel to investigate
If the problem cannot be resolved through an operational adjustment or maintenance task, further investigation may be required by Environmental Health and Safety.