TCU Sustainability Program


energy conservation

Since 1996, the University has pursued an aggressive energy conservation and retrofit program, spending in excess of $43 million. Projects include:


Retrofitting of Lighting Systems

Energy efficient lighting fixtures, bulbs and controls have been installed campus wide. Motion sensors to turn lights on and off have been installed in numerous facilities. All PCB containing ballasts have been replaced as have incandescent light bulbs.


Infrared Surveys 

Building envelopes, electrical switch gear and roofs have been surveyed to identify and correct energy waste accordingly.


Energy Management and Control System (EMCS)

A state-of-the-art EMCS is used to monitor and control building energy use on a 24/7 basis.


Low-Flow Fixtures

In TCU’s newest dorms utilize a variety of water conservation measures including low-flow showerheads and toilets equipped with variable flow levers allowing users to chose how much water is necessary for each flush.


Automatic Temperatures

TCU is working to reduce its campus carbon footprint by installing carbon dioxide sensors in large conference rooms that can sense how many people are in a room and automatically adjusting the heating and air-conditioning.


Chiller Plants

TCU operates three high efficiency chiller plants on campus, one of which has an ice storage capacity that produces ice overnight when utility rates are typically lower. The ice is then used to cool buildings during the day. TCU has also upgraded heating and air-conditioning systems to improve efficiency and uses a state-state-of-the-art energy management system to monitor and control building energy use.


Facility Energy Audit

A comprehensive facility energy audit is scheduled to identify areas where the University can improve energy efficiency and reduce consumption. To date, a comprehensive audit has been performed on Winton Scott.