Hamilton College Energy Master Plan

C&S helped create an energy master plan for Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Hamilton is the third oldest college in New York state and has a 1,300-acre hilltop campus with over 1.8 million square feet of building space. There are 27 residence halls on campus along with 41 other buildings of various types, and roughly 97% of the student body of 1,800 lives on campus. With so many residence halls, academic and administrative facilities and so many students living on campus, energy saving measures that operate both autonomously and with the aid of the campus community exist around every corner.  The initial phase of the energy master plan consisted of multiple equally important tasks:

  1. Energy usage benchmarking to determine which buildings on campus are the least energy efficient. Each building’s energy usage per square foot was compared to both the Department of Energy’s Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) data and each other. The results provided C&S and Hamilton College with a list of buildings that needed their energy usage per square foot reduced.
  2. Walk-through energy audits were performed on the buildings determined to be least efficient. These walk through audits provided  a more in-depth look at what exactly makes each of the buildings so inefficient, and allowed C&S to develop energy conservation measures (ECMs) to reduce energy consumption by the college. These ECMs may be able to be applied across other buildings on campus to reduce energy usage in even the most efficient buildings.
  3. Concurrently with the walk through energy audits, we worked with college staff  to develop standard specifications for equipment efficiencies and campus-wide energy related policies while assisting the college in its initial effort to incorporate the energy master plan into a larger sustainability master plan.
  4. An energy advisory committee will guide the energy master plan process. This committee comprises people from the college and its surrounding community in order to get a broad scope of ideas that should improve the perception of the college and its surrounding area as that of a green community. These ideas and others were discussed in an energy-related charrette to determine the overall goals of the energy master plan.