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SUNY Canton’s capital investments have wisely focused on energy-saving projects to improve efficiency, conserve resources and lower impact on the environment.

Executive Order 88 was signed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo December 28, 2012 directing state agencies and authorities to improve the energy efficiency of state buildings.

Executive Order 88 states that "by April 1, 2020, all Affected State Entities (SUNY Is An Affected State Agency) shall collectively reduce the average EUI in State-owned and managed buildings by at least 20% from a baseline of the average EUI of such buildings for the State fiscal year 2010/2011." "Average Source Energy Use Intensity" or "average EUI" is defined as "the average source energy use per square foot for all state-owned and managed buildings." “Source Energy" is defined as "all the energy used in delivering energy to a site, including power generation, transmission and distribution losses."

How are we doing?

As reported by New York Energy Manager (NYEM), for Report End Year 2018, the % Change in Adjusted Source EUI for SUNY Canton is -20.17%. Previous years are reported as:

  • Report End Year 2017: -15.99%
  • Report End Year 2016: -15.42%
  • Report End Year 2015: -11.84%
  • Report End Year 2014: -6.86%

What are we doing?

Among other requirements, Executive Order 88 states that all "Affected State Entities" must comply with the following:

(1) Benchmarking. For each State fiscal year, each Affected State Entity shall measure the energy use in State-owned and managed buildings having an area greater than 20,000 square feet. Buildings on master-metered campuses shall be benchmarked at the campus level until they are sub-metered at the building level, after which point those buildings shall be benchmarked at the building level. All benchmarking shall be completed by the Office for Capital Facilities (OCF) at System Administration. OCF will request information from campuses in order to complete this.

  • Utilizing EnergyCAP, SUNY Canton reports all energy use and associated costs each month to OCF.
  • SUNY Canton has completed various projects to install utility grade digital sub-metering of natural gas, electric and water use at all buildings regardless of the size of the building. Meters are read and reviewed each month.
  • SUNY Canton continuously works with the Campus’ Building Management System (BMS) vendor, meeting each month, to review individual building energy use and to implement strategies to better manage and/or increase energy efficiency’s campus-wide.

(2) Audits. Buildings that receive low benchmark scores, as defined by the Guidelines, shall undergo an American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers ("ASHRAE") Level II energy audit, or any other comparable audit that the CMIT approves. Campuses that have above-average EUIs or poor benchmark scores, as defined by the Guidelines, or are otherwise prioritized by the Affected State Entities and the CMIT, shall undergo a campus-wide ASHRAE Level II energy audit or any other comparable audit approved by the CMIT. In addition the energy efficiency measures, the audits shall identify opportunities for cost-effective on-site renewable generation and high-efficiency combined heat power.

  • In 2014, a Comprehensive Energy Audit Report was completed for SUNY Canton. The purpose of the report was to identify existing conditions and to propose measures that would increase energy efficiency. The report identified and recommended energy conservation measures (ECM’s) to be implemented or taken into consideration during design of major building renovation type projects. At the time of the report, many of the ECM’s identified were previously planned or in progress. An example, ECM No. 2 – Building Envelope Upgrades. The ECM recommends that doors and windows be outfitted with new adhesive backed weather stripping. Through capital improvement SUNY Canton has replaced outdated doors and windows with new energy efficient systems at Nevaldine Hall, Wicks Hall, Cook Hall, Chaney Dining Hall, French Hall, Southworth Library, Payson Hall, Cooper Service Complex and most recently at Dana Hall. Another example, ECM No. 7 – Duct Insulation and Sealing and ECM No. 8 Pipe Insulation & Sealing. The ECM’s recommend that duct insulation be repaired or replaced and pipe insulation be repaired or replaced. In the case of all buildings listed for the ECM, the duct work and piping are not readily accessible, has been removed and/or replaced as a result of building renovations including Cook Hall, Chaney Dining Hall, and Dana Hall. Future projects include Payson Hall, Nevaldine Hall, French Hall, Wicks Hall and MacArthur Hall.

(3) Required Capital Projects and Energy Optimization Measures. Affected State Entities shall implement a cost-effective portfolio of measures identified and recommended in the audit and shall complete or make substantial progress toward completion of such measures within two years of completion of the audit. A portfolio may include, but shall not be limited to, no-and low-cost operational improvements, retrocommissioning, capital energy efficiency retrofits, on-site renewable and high-efficiency combined heat and power, and other measures identified by the CMIT.

  • SUNY Canton has completed various capital energy efficiency retrofits replacing building envelope which has enhanced facilities and increased energy efficiencies including but not limited to replacement of roof insulation systems, exterior windows, exterior doors, exterior lighting and interior window treatments. Buildings (year completed) include:
  • Nevaldine Hall South (2011)
  • Wicks Hall (2012)
  • Nevaldine Hall North (2012)
  • Payson Hall (windows & doors) (2012)
  • Chaney Dining Hall (windows & doors) (2014)
  • Cook Hall (2015)
  • French Hall (2016)
  • Southworth Library (2016)
  • Payson Hall (roof insulation systems) (2017)
  • Cooper Service Complex (2017)
  • Dana Hall (2018)


  • Work is currently ongoing at Dana Hall to renovate the interior of the building including replacement of all plumbing, mechanical, electrical, lighting systems and controls. Substantial completion of the project is expected February 2021.
  • Work is substantially complete at Chaney Dining Hall to renovate the interior of the building including replacement of all plumbing, mechanical, electrical, lighting systems and controls.
  • As a result of Existing Building Commissioning ((EBCx) at Southworth Library, work was completed to replace an existing deficient air relief damper, install additional new return and exhaust air systems, correct ductwork deficiencies, balancing, and replace existing lighting and ceilings on the second floor with energy efficient LED lighting, lighting controls and acoustical ceilings.
  • Existing Building Commissioning ((EBCx) is currently ongoing at the CARC. EBCx is a systematic process for investigating, analyzing, and optimizing the performance of building systems through the identification and implementation of low/no cost and capital intensive Facility Improvement Measures ((FIMs) and ensuring their continued performance. The EBCx process assists in making the building systems perform interactively to meet the Current Facility Requirements (CFR) and provides the tools to support the continuous improvement of system performance over time. The EBCx process focuses on the dynamic energy-using systems with the goal of reducing energy waste, obtaining energy cost savings, and identifying and correcting existing problems. All phases of work including Planning, Investigation, Implementation and Turnover are anticipated to be complete December 2019.
  • Operationally, the Campus utilizes Que Center Maintenance Management System to track all maintenance work performed on Campus facilities.
  • Via the Campus’ Building Management System (BMS) Service Agreement, a factory trained service technician allocates time to instruct appropriate personnel on the correct procedure to trouble shoot and/or replace faulty or worn peripheral field devices (relays, transformers, sensors, terminal equipment controllers) connected to the BMS. As personnel are trained and become familiar with process’s, the technician allocates time previously dedicated to hardware repair to developing and implementing energy saving strategies through scheduling changes, software enhancements and system upgrades thus making the service agreement an investment in energy conservation.

(4) Sub metering. Affected State Entities shall work with the CMIT to prioritize sub-metering for all relevant energy sources of buildings larger than 100,000 square feet on a master-metered campus to identify ways to finance such sub-metering. All buildings having an area larger than 100,000 square feet on master-metered campuses shall be sub-metered for all fuels and other energy sources by December 31, 2016, to enable individual building benchmarking, unless the Affected State Entity that owns or operates the building can demonstrate to the CMIT that it is not cost-effective or feasible to do so.

  • All buildings greater than 100,000 square feet including the CARC and Kennedy Hall have been metered since completion April and August 2011.
  • Through various capital projects, SUNY Canton has installed utility grade digital sub-metering of natural gas, electric and water use at all buildings regardless of the size of the building.
  • SUNY Canton has also installed new digital metering at the Campus’ electrical sub-station, main natural gas meter and main water meter.

(5) Incorporating Energy Efficiency Analysis in the Capital Planning Process. As part of the capital planning process, all Affected State Entities shall include an energy efficiency analysis in the design phase of all capital project plans. The capital project should include energy efficient measures or technologies determined to be the most cost-effective, as defined by the Guidelines.

  • Consistent with State University Construction Fund (SUCF) Program Directives for “Deep Energy Retrofits of Existing Buildings” (Directive 1B-2), the renovation of Chaney Dining Hall included the removal of most mechanical and electrical systems and replacement with new energy efficient systems including heating systems, cooling systems, kitchen exhaust systems, building control management systems, lighting and lighting controls including daylight harvesting and occupancy controls. The renovation also included portions of the building envelope such as building entrance vestibules, exterior doors and window treatments. The exterior windows at Chaney Dining Hall were completely replaced a few years ago via previous project.
  • Similar to Chaney Dining Hall, work continues at Dana Hall. The building envelope at Dana Hall has been completely replaced and the Phase I – Selective Demolition and Infrastructure Upgrades project is expected to be completed in November 2019. Phase II – Renovations to Dana Hall is currently advertised for public bid. Work is expected to begin November 2019 and is expected to be substantially complete February 2021. With the completion of both phases of work, all building systems will have been removed and replaced with new energy efficient systems.
  • Other “partial building renovations” include Cooper Service Complex, French Hall, Southworth Library and Nevaldine Hall. In each of these buildings we have improved heating and cooling systems as well as improved lighting and controls installing new LED lighting, occupancy sensors and/or daylight sensors.
  • In the Miller Campus Center, heating boilers were replaced with new energy efficient systems and we will be replacing inefficient boilers in the Cooper Service Complex this September 2019 with new energy efficient systems.
  • Currently in a Design Phase, SUNY Canton is working with the State University Construction Fund (SUCF) to replace electrical systems in Wicks Hall and MacArthur Hall. The scope of this project is to determine the most practical and economical means of replacing existing electrical systems in MacArthur Hall and Wicks Hall with energy efficient systems and still be able to operate the buildings during normal business hours and during academic session. Design documents are expected to be complete April 2020.
  • Also in a Design Phase are planning various site improvement type projects including the plaza areas between French Hall, Southworth Library and Miller Campus Center, Rehab of Miller Drive, Parking Lot No. 1 and Cooper Service Complex parking lot. As with past practice, our designs will include energy efficient LED site lighting, new lighting controls, innovative stormwater management practices, vegetation and safe pedestrian circulation.
  • Targeted in SUNY Canton Facilities Master Plan Update 2018, are renovations of Payson Hall, Nevaldine Hall and the Miller Campus Center.

Utilizing EnergyCap, Inc. SUNY Canton reports all energy use and associated costs each month to SUNY Office of Capital Facilities. EnergyCap, Inc. program assists in the budgeting and usage tracking for energy efficiency goals and greenhouse gas monitoring allowing SUNY to benchmark progress towards the Chancellor’s and Governor’s goals for SUNY, to reduce our energy use and lower greenhouse gas emissions. The graphs below illustrate SUNY Canton’s energy use and costs for FY 2018 – 19 as well as recent year comparisons.

Utility Costs FY 2018-19Energy Use FY 2018-19

Electric Historic Costs and UsageNatural Gas Historic Costs and UsageWater and Sewer Costs and Usage

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