Cambrian College Continues Sustainability Project with Honeywell
- By Dian Schaffhauser
- October 13, 2021
Cambrian College in Ontario, Canada, is moving into the next phase of a long-term agreement with Honeywell and Honeywell Building Technologies to update lighting and replace aging equipment to reduce energy costs. The initiative is projected to save the college at least $480,000 in its first year. Those savings, guaranteed by Honeywell, will be plowed into funding some of the upgrades.
Honeywell staff install a geothermal heating and cooling system at Cambrian College as part of the college's energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives.
The work, focused on support of energy conservation measures and creating more comfortable learning spaces, will include:
- Implementation of a geothermal heating solution, to deliver supplemental heating and cooling and intended to help offset boiler consumption in the building housing Cambrian’s Sustainable Energy Centre of Excellence;
- Upgraded smart LED lighting and fixtures, which will help the college understand how its physical areas are being used;
- Installation of a high-efficiency chiller, to replace a legacy chiller; and
- Deployment of a building management system, which enhances the campus' existing Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator building automation system.
"A leading mission of Cambrian College is our commitment to reduce our carbon impact," said Kristine Morrissey, vice president of Cambrian's divisions of International, Finance and Administration, in a statement. "This project will allow us to do just that. We anticipate the project will reduce approximately 300 tons of greenhouse gasses a year, which is the equivalent of removing close to 100 medium-size cars from the road every year. In addition, the project is supporting the modernization of our campus in both its digital and physical space, which ultimately will provide our students and faculty an improved education environment."
The partnership between Cambrian and Honeywell began in 2013. Honeywell worked with Cambrian to regularly review its facility and energy needs and identify areas where the college could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and operating expenses. In return, Cambrian provided training and other professional development services for Honeywell’s building technicians in Canada.
Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.