Energy Initiatives

UCLA has been conserving resources through energy efficiency for decades, starting with lighting retrofits in the 1990s.

Since the Climate Action Plan was launched in 2008, UCLA has evolved our Energy Conservation Program (ECP), from an early phase that was focused on retrofitting HVAC systems- converting double ducts and installing Variable Frequency Drives on air handlers, to a more comprehensive process involving full building audits to identify energy conservation measures, and monitoring based commissioning (MBCx). In addition to these major building measures, UCLA has also completed parking structure lighting retrofits, and retrofits of street lighting, and walkway lighting and building occupancy sensors.

To take these programs to the next level and address unique laboratory requirements, UCLA assembled a team of specialists with backgrounds in laboratory safety, industrial hygiene, engineering and project management to run the Deep Energy Efficiency Program. The team is made up of experts from our Research, Facilities Management and Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) departments.

The Deep Energy Efficiency Program will assess the energy usage in almost all the buildings on campus. As it currently stands, many building energy systems are running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week regardless of whether the building is occupied or not. The goal of our Deep Energy Efficiency Program is to reduce energy usage in buildings through the use of modernized “smart” building management systems.

To assist in this process EH&S will gather data using an industrial hygiene-based building assessment process. The Deep Energy Efficiency Program will evaluate almost everyone’s workspace on campus. The focus of the program is to identify how and where energy usage could be reduced without compromising your safety and research programs.

In 2017, UCLA also worked with UCOP and LADWP to bring LADWP into the UC Statewide Energy Partnership (previously only Investor Owned Utilities). This has enabled UCLA to access further incentives and technical support.

Current projects through the Statewide Energy Partnership:

Project NameProject Type kWh Savings Therm Savings Electric Incentive Gas Incentive Project Cost
Retrofit – Housing Services Sproul LED Lighting (Electric)RETROFIT           4,629          – $      1,200 $            – $      6,685
Deemed/Express – Tankless Water Heater De NeveDEEMED                 –       305 $             – $         990 $             –
NC – Engineering VI Phase IINEWCONST      631,290    1,599 $  248,669 $      2,131 $             –
NC – Bradley Hall RemodelNEWCONST        19,720          – $      6,005 $            – $             –
NC – Hedrick DiningNEWCONST      178,288          – $    48,429 $            – $             –
NC – Wasserman Football CenterNEWCONST      216,719          – $  120,068 $            – $             –
NC – Mo Ostin Basketball CenterNEWCONST      133,759          – $    32,911 $            – $             –
Retrofit – Ackerman VFDs (Electric)RETROFIT      259,860          – $    38,979 $            – $             –
Retrofit – Bunche (Electric)RETROFIT                 –          – $             – $            – $    36,600
Retrofit – Haines Hall (Electric)RETROFIT                 –          – $             – $            – $    46,700
Retrofit – Engineering 4 (Electric)RETROFIT                 –          – $             – $            – $  291,153
Retrofit – Schoenberg Hall (Electric)RETROFIT                 –          – $             – $            – $    90,675
Retrofit – Kaufman Hall (Electric)RETROFIT        95,685          – $      5,436 $            – $    30,054
Retrofit – Perloff Hall (Electric)RETROFIT      173,863          – $    13,909 $            – $    49,163
NC – Geffen AcademyNEWCONST      422,495          – $  157,950 $            – $             –
Retrofit – Facilities Mgmt Comp Air Loop (Electric)RETROFIT                 –          – $             – $            – $             –
NC – LaKretz Botanical BuildingNEWCONST        10,388       280 $             – $            – $             –
MBCx – Broad Art Center (Electric)MBCx      465,912          – $  111,819 $            – $  268,629
MBCx – Bunche Hall (Electric)MBCx   1,386,719          – $  332,813 $            – $  338,612
MBCx – MRL (Electric)MBCx   1,345,000          – $  322,800 $            – $             –
MBCx – Gonda Hall (Electric)MBCx   2,061,255          – $  494,701 $            – $  491,384
NC – Anderson School of ManagementNEWCONST      230,391    6,210 $             – $            – $             –