2016 CSU Facilities Management Conference


Best Practice in Energy Retrofit

CSU San Marcos | Multiple Buildings HVAC Duct Sealing

CSU San Marcos and its Multiple Buildings HVAC Duct Sealing project will improve energy performance of campus buildings and lead to utility cost savings… to the tune of nearly $139,000 per year. That means that the project will pay for itself in less than two years! The project identified, repaired and sealed ducts, access doors and equipment throughout the entire campus HVAC system and verified the repairs with before and after thermographic images. It also added significant energy savings by limiting flow losses from leaky connections, so that fans and equipment can work more efficiently.

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Judging Criteria

Projects in this category should demonstrate a campus’ commitment to reducing grid-based energy consumption through a system retrofit or replacement and set forth best practices in operation and cooperation with campus faculty, staff and students. The project should demonstrate applicability to other CSU campuses by virtue of achievable budget and scope as well as acknowledgement of resource constraints. Evaluators will be especially interested in projects that are unique in scope, utilize innovative technology, or employ existing technology in new and pioneering ways, including but not limited to:

  • Total kWh/kW/therms savings attributed to the retrofit
  • Anticipated utility and/or maintenance cost savings/avoidance attributed to the project
  • Successful use of the UC/CSU/IOU Energy Efficiency Partnership incentive program
  • Uniquely innovative or uncommon features use of technology
  • Student involvement or programs and/or corporate staff outside of the submitting department


All projects must have been completed between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2016. 


Please direct questions to the Energy Retrofit Committee Chair:
Michael Clemson
Energy Program Manager
CSU Office of the Chancellor
(562) 951-4291