Bowling Green State University hired CMTA’s energy and sustainability experts to meet their campus goal: Achieve a carbon neutral campus by the year 2040. To do this successfully, CMTA implemented the firm’s Building Science Leadership approach to surpass campus energy goals, budgets, and deadlines.
Throughout the project, energy conservation measures were analyzed in two categories of recommendations: recommendations that affect measure consumption and measures that affect demand. The measures included LED lighting, building automation systems upgrades, geothermal heating and cooling, and several other factors. Construction standards, university policies, existing conditions, and energy operating data from the physical plant were also reviewed. Through extensive data-driven design and research, CMTA discovered the photovoltaics renewable energy approach best suited Bowling Green State University’s carbon neutrality goals.
By the end of CMTA’s master plan, the study concluded energy conservation strategies were much easier to prioritize and recommend due to the ease of upfront cost budgeting, energy savings, and the associated carbon reduction. By following the recommendations of the master plan created by CMTA, Bowling Green State University is well on its way to achieving Carbon Neutrality by the year 2040.