By Atlanta Business Chronicle

Emory University will pay Siemens Industry Inc. $4.8 million to retrofit campus buildings to ramp up energy efficiency and trim water consumption.

The project is part of the Atlanta universityâ¿¿s goals to cut energy use 25 percent per square foot by 2015 from 2005 levels.

The first phase of the project includes installing energy efficient building systems in five campus buildings: the Woodruff Physical Education building, the Woodruff Library, the 1525 Clifton Road building, the Rollins School of Public Health building and the Whitehead Research building. The buildings represent more than 1.1 million square feet of space on Emoryâ¿¿s campus.

The project includes lighting retrofits with more energy efficient technology; replacement of plumbing fixtures with newer, water conserving models; building envelope repairs to windows and doors to reduce the leakage and infiltration of unconditioned air; and addition of new technology to improve the efficiency of air movement within buildings.

Emory estimates the project will cut carbon dioxide emissions by 18,350,028 pounds per year; reduce its total nitrogen oxide emissions by 27,260 pounds per year; and shrink its total sulfur dioxide emissions by 94,410 pounds per year.

Installation of the improvements has begun and is expected to be completed in February 2011.

⿿The $4.8 million performance based energy services contract with Siemens represents an investment in Emory⿿s facilities that we will recoup through utility savings within seven years,⿝ said Michael Mandl, executive vice president of Emory, in a statement. ⿿The significant reduction in energy and water consumption over the life of these buildings, coupled with the financial savings, aligns this project with Emory⿿s energy reduction initiatives. We are exploring a second phase of this program on campus that will include The Emory Clinic.⿝

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