Durham College (DC) has undertaken numerous initiatives to improve energy efficiency, particularly since 2009. These include the installation of an extensive energy monitoring system, replacement of existing windows with high-efficiency models, installation of variable speed drives, and the use of lighting occupancy sensors. These measures have resulted in immediate and long-lasting energy efficiency upgrades in all aspects of operation.
DC has also implemented several renewable energy initiatives at its Whitby campus as part of the college’s overall sustainability efforts, including:
- Solar panels: the 20,000-square-foot expansion of the Whitby campus allowed for 350 solar panels to be installed.
- Wind turbines: six Cleanfield Energy V3.5 vertical axis wind turbines are installed on the roof of the main building along the southern wall in Whitby.
- White roofs: the campus expansion features a white roof that reflects sunlight rather than absorbing it.
- Geothermal: the campus expansion incorporated a new ground source heat pump (GSHP) system to provide adequate and energy-efficient heating and cooling to the expansion.
- Building automation and energy management system: DC has a building automation system which regulates temperatures and allows setbacks while rooms are not occupied.
Read more about DC’s building footprint here.