Building Dashboard

Discover St. Lawrence's building dashboard.
You can view and compare electricity usage in most buildings on campus.
Each spring we run electricity competitions between student residences.

Questions may be directed to our Sustainability Coordinator.

If you prefer to go directly to the dashboard use the url: http://buildingdashboard.net/stlawrence/#/stlawrence


Q & A

Q. Does the building dashboard show all of St. Lawrence's energy usage?
A. No, only electricity is measured with the building dashboard at this time.

Q. What does it mean to have ‘real-time' data?
A. The electricity data meters are read every 5 minutes but with a set lag of a 5-10 minutes plus a communication and computing lag time of about 2 minutes the data could lag as much as 15 minutes behind actual building use.  This is still very impressive as most houses have a month between usage of electricity and knowledge of that usage (in the form of a bill).

Q. Can I access the building dashboard when I'm off SLU's campus?
A. The dashboard is web based which means anyone with internet access and the url (http://buildingdashboard.net/stlawrence/#/stlawrence) can view the St. Lawrence building dashboard.

Q. Who created the building dashboard and where is it housed?
A. Lucid Design Group created the dashboard and house it on one of their servers.

The history behind SLU's Building Dashboard

In 2006 a St. Lawrence student sat in the office of a librarian staring at a computer screen showing the newly launched ‘building dashboard' of Oberlin College.  At a time when the University had committed to environmental sustainability they coveted a tool such as this energy monitoring system that would help students and employees practice sustainable behaviors.  Part of what made the system so compelling was "a study that took place, [at Oberlin College] during the 2005 Dorm Energy Competition [which] successfully demonstrated that resource use feedback systems motivate students to exhibit substantial short-term reductions in energy and water use in dormitories.1"  The thought of double digit energy use reduction made the question not if such a system belonged at St. Lawrence but how to make it happen.

Showing off Oberlin (and subsequent Universities' building dashboards) to students, faculty and administrators created excitement and built support for the acquisition of such a system at St. Lawrence.

In spring of 2009 the student government passed a resolution stating that "the Thelomathesian Society support the active pursuit of installation of the Campus Monitoring System to allow students real time feedback on their energy usage."  In spring of 2010 President Fox supported the financial investment in the building dashboard including the installation of electricity meters on 72 University buildings.  During the summer and fall of 2010 electricity meters, an energy management system and the building dashboard were designed and installed.  The building dashboard was made public to the campus community in the spring of 2011.    

 

1 "Oberlin College Building Dashboard."  February 14, 2001.  http://www.oberlin.edu/dormenergy/