Energy Services

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.

Temperature Control

Control Technicians Group
The Control Technicians operate and maintain the temperature control equipment that allows the campus to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

We strive to maintain comfortable conditions for everyone on campus. Most campus users will have a local thermostat on the wall of their classroom, office or research space. There are over 5,000 thermostats and room temperature sensors which are maintained by our shop. If you think that you have a problem with your thermostat (perhaps it is hissing) please contact or (613) 520-3668 and someone will be scheduled to have a look at it.

Building Automation System
Most buildings on campus are controlled with a computer-based system referred to as a Building Automation System (BAS). Our BAS is programmed to optimize the room space temperature while managing the amount of primary energy (natural gas and electricity) used to maintain that temperature. The BAS is also utilized to monitor critical alarms for temperature and even some research equipment. When an alarm comes in, the appropriate persons are notified and corrective action is taken.

Seasonal Switchover to Cooling in Campus Buildings
Annually, Facilities Management and Planning does a systems switchover from heating to cooling taking into account two important constraints:

  1.  three consecutive days of 25 degrees Celsius outside temperature, and
  2. weather projections for the next 14 days.

We have to take into account that if we were to start the cooling systems and subsequently have water freeze in the cooling towers and pipes, this could inflict major damage to the mechanical parts of the systems, delaying cooling for the season while systems are repaired – and we do not want to do that.

The switchover process usually starts mid May.  However, temperatures and weather forecasts are monitored and taken into consideration.

The changeover to cooling is performed on the basis of priorities established to

  1. provide comfort to students living in University Residences,
  2. maintain required temperatures to protect equipment and research in progress, and
  3. serve the greatest number of individuals and activities.

Facilities Management and Planning appreciates your patience during these switch over periods