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 Name Project 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 Neve DEEMED                  –        305  $             –  $         990  $             –
NC – Engineering VI Phase II NEWCONST       631,290     1,599  $  248,669  $      2,131  $             –
NC – Bradley Hall Remodel NEWCONST         19,720           –  $      6,005  $            –  $             –
NC – Hedrick Dining NEWCONST       178,288           –  $    48,429  $            –  $             –
NC – Wasserman Football Center NEWCONST       216,719           –  $  120,068  $            –  $             –
NC – Mo Ostin Basketball Center NEWCONST       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 Academy NEWCONST       422,495           –  $  157,950  $            –  $             –
Retrofit – Facilities Mgmt Comp Air Loop (Electric) RETROFIT                  –           –  $             –  $            –  $             –
NC – LaKretz Botanical Building NEWCONST         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 Management NEWCONST       230,391     6,210  $             –  $            –  $             –