Nazareth College is expected to save more than $441,000 annually in energy costs, thanks to $575,000 in NYSERDA awards and technical assistance for three energy efficiency projects from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and the new Nazareth College Peckham Hall is aiming for LEED® Silver, supporting New York State’s continuing rise in the rankings of the nation’s LEED® green buildings.
New York State was recently ranked fifth in the nation for LEED® green buildings by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), up from seventh the previous year. The list highlights the regions around the country at the forefront of the movement for sustainable building design, construction and operation. Utilizing less energy and water, LEED®-certified spaces can save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
In addition to funding for Peckham Hall, the NYSERDA funding supports energy-efficiency measures at the Nazareth College Arts Center and the main boiler plant.
“New York State is a national leader in green building, and the projects at Nazareth College are another example of the way NYSERDA helps large organizations decrease their energy use while reducing their operational expenses in support of Governor Cuomo’s energy agenda,” said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA. “By working with NYSERDA, Nazareth College ensures that its construction and improvement efforts incorporate the latest energy-efficiency and green building features into project design.”
Peckham Hall opened in 2012. At 74,000 square feet, it is the largest academic facility on the Nazareth campus and features state-of-the-art science labs, classrooms and open spaces, as well as two green roof gardens that extend the college’s environmental initiatives to provide energy savings, reduce water runoff and increase roof life.
"Nazareth College partnered with NYSERDA early on in the design of Peckham Hall. This was our first LEED® building, and the technical assistance we received form NYSERDA, along with the collaboration with the design and commissioning team, was invaluable. It was a pleasure to partner and we are already working on our next project together," said Michael LaPoint, director of construction and renovation services at Nazareth College.
The Arts Center and main boiler plant projects include replacements of boilers with energy-efficient models and upgrades to the main boiler plant, which provides steam to 85 percent of the campus.
NYSERDA funding at Peckham Hall paid for part of the additional cost of energy-efficiency measures above typical construction standards. The work included design and installation of an energy-efficient building shell, high-performance windows, energy-efficient lighting, occupancy sensor controls, an energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system and other measures.
As a result of the energy efficiency measures, Peckham Hall is more than 35 percent more energy efficient than a comparable building built only to meet code requirements. At this building alone, the college is saving enough energy each year to power 110 single-family homes.
At the boiler plant, three boilers, two built in 1941 and the third in 1961, are being replaced with energy-efficient models. All the boilers were originally built to burn coal but were converted to natural gas in 1969. In addition, two inefficient boilers located at the campus Arts Center will be replaced. The new equipment, significantly more energy-efficient than the older equipment, is expected to reduce greenhouse gases by 1,300 tons each year, the equivalent of taking approximately 260 cars off the road.
Funding for Peckham Hall was through NYSERDA’s New Construction Program, which provides technical support to design teams and financial incentives to building owners involved in the construction of new or substantially renovated structures in New York State. It is a first-come, first-served program available to commercial, institutional and industrial sector customers of certain utilities. New Construction Program incentives are paid out upon project completion. The intent of the program is not only to improve energy efficiency and green building practices, but to effect a permanent transformation in the way buildings are designed and constructed throughout the state.
Funding for the other buildings is through NYSERDA's Existing Facilities Program, which offers a portfolio of incentive opportunities to offset the costs of energy improvements in existing commercial and institutional facilities across New York State. It works with customers to implement a comprehensive strategy to realize verified energy savings through an integrated approach to cost-effective energy efficiency measures.
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs and funding opportunities, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.