Q. Does the building dashboard show all of St. Lawrence's
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. Who created the building dashboard and where is it
A. Lucid Design Group created the dashboard and house it on one of
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.
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/
February 7, 2011 12:15pm - February 11, 2011 2:15pm
Come visit EAO this week in the Student Center during lunch time. Sign the student petition to support St. Lawrence University's Climate Action Plan to be carbon neutral by 2040. The Plan gets presented to the Board of Trustees later this month, help us show we care about our footprint.