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Lighting Improvements Project Occupancy Sensing Controls

The Lighting Improvements Project is nearing completion, with the current phase of work involving the installation of occupancy sensing controls. The purpose of this information circular is to help you understand what the controls do for you.

The occupancy sensors installed to date have generally been of type that is known as “dual technology” – that is, the device includes both infra-red and motion sensors. A person in the room will be detected either by their body temperature or by their movements. If the device does not detect either heat or motion it will shut off the lights in the room (except for those on emergency circuits) after a short time. In the classrooms where these devices have been installed, the time to shut down lights once no further activity is detected in the room is about 20 minutes.

The further a person in the room is away from an occupancy sensor, the less sensitive the sensor is to detecting the person. From time to time, you may experience the lights switching off in a classroom, despite the fact that there are still people in the room. A simple wave of the arm will trigger the device, and the lights will switch back on.

Be aware that these occupancy sensors are not intended to replace the function of light switches in the room. Please continue to switch lights on when light is required, and switch them off when not required. The occupancy sensor is installed to cover those times when people forget to turn lights off.

Questions? If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Energy Manager, Brandon Dallamore, either by entering a suggestion into the Suggestion Box to be found on the Energy Management website, or by e-mail. Although this Lighting Improvements Project makes use of technologies to reduce energy consumption, we encourage Faculty, staff, and students to contribute to energy conservation by turning off lights when they are not needed, shut off computer monitors and peripherals after hours, closing windows and doors, and conducting other such conserving practices, at the office and at home at all times.

Public Sector Energy Conservation Agreement:

The Province of British Columbia has made a special allocation of funding for public sector organizations to access, in order to help deliver some of the needed energy conservation projects in a timely manner. The fund is known as PSECA, referring to the Public Sector Energy Management Agreement.

Vancouver Island University applied to the Ministry of Advanced Education in the Fall of 2008, based on an audit conducted in 2006 at the (then) Malaspina University-College, and as a result, VIU was granted the sum of $1,357, 242.00 in a Certificate of Allocation dated December 22, 2008, to deliver the recommended projects. Select projects defined within the 2006 Audit must be designed, tendered, and completed prior to the end of the fiscal year on March 31, 2010.

The broad, general scope of the projects defined is as follows:

1. Lighting Improvements: replacing older technology lamps and ballasts with modern energy efficient equipment, while maintaining lighting levels;

2. Heat Loss Reductions: reducing heat loss in several buildings, by insulating mechanical pipes, and by improving on the envelope insulation values. In addition, under this category, solar gain and internal heat loss are to be controlled using some solar film applications and some new windows;

3. Heat Recovery: projects intended to reduce the amount of heated air exhausted to the exterior of buildings.

4. Mechanical Improvements: improvements to various mechanical systems and their related control systems, in order to increase their performance characteristics and reduce energy consumption.

Facilities Services Energy Management will advise of more specific scope definitions along with their scheduled delivery characteristics, as the scope details are worked out, estimated for cost, and where applicable, tendered for construction.