Integrating Energy and Building Systems Across Higher Education Campuses

Integrating Energy and Building Systems Across Higher Education Campuses

Facility management can get tricky when university leaders try to make decisions to optimize their higher education campuses. Fortunately, integrating campus-wide infrastructure can take the guesswork out of decision-making.

Plenty of higher education campuses, in many ways, are their own mini-city. Multiple facilities, each with their designated purpose and unique energy requirements, comprise the infrastructure of a sprawling campus system. Facility management can get tricky when university leaders try to make decisions to optimize their higher education campuses. Fortunately, integrating campus-wide infrastructure can take the guesswork out of decision-making, and it’s easy to achieve with the right building management system in your toolbelt. Here is a vision of what higher education campuses can look like when their various energy systems and building systems work together.

Power Distribution and Management

Campus leadership understands that higher education campuses require a constant supply of power. Laboratories, data centers, and research centers that are part of the campus system use energy to support critical aspects of their operation around the clock. On most medium to large-sized university grounds, you can find lecture halls, office buildings, student housing, hotels, dining halls, restaurants, gyms, sports facilities, health clinics, and more. Furthermore, these campus buildings can experience fluctuations in their daily energy requirement for water, gas, HVAC, and electricity. Campuses need to use power distribution monitoring and management systems to more tightly control where energy needs to be allocated while reducing carbon emissions and opting for renewable energy sources whenever possible.

Building Management Systems

The best way to develop comprehensive facility management and security plans is to track all of these systems in a unified network, accessible through a single software platform. These systems include traditional HVAC, lighting, and energy metering systems. In addition, there must be connections to access control, surveillance cameras, intrusion detection, and life safety devices. Higher education campuses uphold stringent regulations on building performance and safety. What’s more, these requirements can look different in buildings geared for residential purposes versus instructional or leisure. 

Supporting Campus IT Infrastructure

Most campuses also maintain their servers that house academic records, organization information, student data, and more. At any given moment, accessing this data is a critical aspect of running a higher education establishment. To keep these servers resilient in the face of physical or digital threats, campus leaders must prioritize establishing reliable power supply and equipment cooling measures.

EV Chargers for Residents and Commuters

Higher education campuses have both on-campus and commuter students. Plenty of students and staff drive electric vehicles, so universities owe it to their community members to provide EV chargers in their parking structures. At any given moment, a campus should configure their chargers to balance the energy load to plugged-in vehicles. Further, charger systems can draw power from nearby residential developments to supplement the charges during below-peak hours.

Better Serve Your Campus With EcoStruxure Building

Hopefully, this has provided you with a glimpse into the potential higher education campuses are sitting on that they can tap into with the right technology. Many organizations have adopted building management systems to create interoperability throughout their commercial and industrial campuses. Your higher education campuses can reap the same benefits with Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Building.

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