The Energy Management team (EMT) is committed to conserving electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, and water to reduce both the fiscal and environmental cost of energy consumption of the university while supporting the world class educational and research goals that drive the university’s success. Additionally, the EMT is responsible for the purchase, monitoring, metering, and billing/reporting of utilities and energy services (i.e. electricity, natural gas, heating oil, and water – domestic and fire, and sewer) for all Facilities-managed properties as well as identifying operational improvements to increase building efficiency through new technologies, equipment repairs, commissioning and recommissioning. Specifically, these functions include the following tasks:
Purchasing of Utilities and Energy Services
- Reviewing, processing, and approving for payment all utilities and energy services billed to the Facilities Division by the local utility companies (excluding telephone).
- Resolving billing problems.
- Verifying utility company meter readings.
- Acting as liaison between the utility companies and the various Facilities departments.
- Development and coordination of an energy conservation strategy for utilities at Northeastern University facilities.
- Designing and implementing of energy conservation programs and projects for all utilities at all Northeastern University departments.
- Maintaining the central electronic metering system to allow Facilities staff to access real-time meter reading and assess distribution system function.
- Supporting Northeastern University and consultants in the planning of utilities system upgrades.
Metering of Utilities and Energy Services
- Installing, maintaining, and reading of about 300 utility company meters; and performing numerous check readings of local utility company meters.
- Maintaining an inventory of meters/metering equipment.
- Developing and refining the software for the recording/billing of the meter readings and the recording of utility company billing data. Generating utility reports.
- Preparing annual utility budgets for Facilities Division.
The Construction Commissioning unit ensures that new construction and project fit-outs conform to the basis of design agreed on by the university and the building design team. The commissioning process allows the university to verify the proper operation of building systems. Specifically, these functions include the following tasks:
- Maintaining the Northeastern University Construction Standard to reflect desired building technology and operational sequences for all university construction projects.
- Attending design meetings to ensure university standards are followed during design development.
- Develop a Commissioning Plan to address new building or system operation and identify resources needed to implement the plan.
- Implement the Commissioning Plan as building systems com on-line.
- Ensure all design deficiencies have been corrected and accept building turn-over.
- Collect and make available building design documentation including drawings, submittals, sequence of operations and any other pertinent documentation needed to understand building processes.
The Environmental Reporting unit is responsible for the reporting of electricity, fossil fuel and water consumption-atmospheric emissions, and any other reporting either mandatory or voluntary that the university is required to disclose. Other responsibilities include:
- Develop data acquisition systems to ensure compliance with emission limits.
- Compile and present environmental data for tracking performance.
- Develop emissions inventories and prepare documentation and data for: Operating permits; Source Registration; the City of Boston’s Building Energy Disclosure Ordinance; the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment; the State of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.