The newly completed education center sets a new standard for sustainable, all electric buildings in Boston and is the city’s largest net-zero building.
Boston University will heat and cool the 345,000 square-foot property with 31 geothermic wells and all of its electricity will be supplied via a long-term campus procurement with a wind farm in South Dakota. Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Building Offering serves as the building management system (BMS) and is supported by EcoStruxure Building Advisor’s Fault Detection and Diagnostics (FDD) platform for continuous commissioning. Both of these systems will allow building management to closely monitor and control energy use throughout the state-of-the-art building.
Boston’s Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO) requires all large buildings to gradually reduce emissions to net-zero operations by 2050. Ordinances such as BERDO are proliferating to help guide organisations toward carbon neutrality.
“Organizations in Boston and around the country are under immense pressure to reduce their carbon emissions as part of broader climate action plans, however, developing and executing sustainable building construction and operation plans can be daunting” said Estelle Monod, Buildings Segment President, Schneider Electric. “Boston University has proven to be a leader in this space, and Schneider Electric is proud to leverage our expertise and market-leading technology to help the university and other customers execute their sustainability missions.”
Boston University has set aggressive climate goals through its Climate Action Plan, which exceeds those set by the city, targeting net carbon neutrality by 2040.
“Schneider Electric has proven to be an invaluable partner in the developing our university’s first true net zero building, and we’re proud to serve as an example of what’s possible for the rest of the city” added Elijah Ercolino, Executive Director of Planned Maintenance & Engineering, Boston University. “Not only will the new Centre for Computing and Data Sciences serve as a vital resource for students, but the building’s geothermal system is demonstrating the strategy for decarbonizing building operations.”
As more organizations seek to reduce energy consumption in new and existing buildings, they’ll require expert partners. Schneider Electric offers a robust service delivery model and technology offerings to meet smart building needs, helping organisations to develop, control and maintain efficient building energy use.
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