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Net-Zero Sustainability Model for Berkshire Community College
How can BCC climb the Mountain?
The Path will be Difficult..
There will be many Falling-Off Points
And BCC needs to be Committed
Develop a Comprehensive Sustainability Model
Governor Patrick's Executive Order 484
Leading by Example
Clean Energy and Efficient Buildings
Berkshire Community College
The Project will include:
BCC "Community" is a Significant User of:
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Advisor: Professor George Howe
Author: Scott Richards
Project will Research:
Energy Conservation, Sustainability and Storage
Environmentally Preferable Procurement
Reduction of Toxic Chemicals
Water Conservation Methods
Open Space and Natural Resource Protection
Improve Environmental Compliance Practices
Chapter 1 - Project Description
What is Net-Zero?
Produce as much Energy as Consumed - Not leave a Carbon Footprint.
Executive Order 484
State government has an obligation to lead by example and demonstrate that large entities such as state colleges and universities can make significant progress in reducing their environmental impacts, thereby providing a model for businesses and private citizens.
Founded in 1960, Pittsfield, MA
1st CC of 15 in Mass.
Moved to current campus in 1971
300,000 SF, 10 Buildings, 180 Acres
2007 Electrical and Lighting Upgrade
2010 PV installation - 1874 panels
2012 Envelop Project
2015 $24 Million Master Plan
Melville and Hawthorne Halls
Current college infrastructure original
Commuter and Travel Carbon Footprint
fight to rescind humanity’s negative impact on the environment
still improve the quality of human life
Is Net-Zero feasible economically, operationally and culturally?
What new and advanced technologies will exist in 2050?
Will a Net-Zero facility be commonplace by 2050?
Chapter 2 - Literature Review
Waste and Greening
Financial Planning and Funding Options
Method and Approach
Success hinges on establishing an evaluation process that can prioritize sustainability investments that provide the greatest impacts while meeting the mission and goals of the institution and the state
Buildings Consume Significant Energy, Water, and Natural Resources
39% U.S. Energy
70% U.S. Electricity
12% U.S. Potable Water
40% U.S. Raw Materials
Sustainable and Environmental Sensitivity
Energy Policy is the Foundation to Energy Management
Energy, CHP, HVAC, Building Performance
Renewables and Storage
HVAC and Air Distribution
High Efficiency Systems
Variable Refrigerant Flow
disruptive membrane-isolated plastic plate technology
Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
Water, Electrical and Lighting
Still researching multiple items for Chapter 2
Power Purchase Agreements
Boiler and Chiller Reviews
Still researching several conventional boilers and chillers
Still researching renewable options
Local farm programs
A Look to the Future
What does the Future have to Offer?
Advanced Technology Greenhouse
Can PV panel output be tripled?
What will replace fossil fuels?
Will all buildings be Net-Zero?
What will be the car of the future?
How will climate change effect decisions?
Still to come....