Efficiency Retrofits


A building's energy efficiency is measured against Title 24, California's Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Non-Residential buildings. The University strives for each building's efficiency rating to be higher than required by Title 24 and to reduce CO2 emissions to levels lower than our 1990 level by 2010.

Improving Energy Efficiency

This involves campus building upgrades to improve energy efficiency of lighting, mechanical, equipment and building envelope systems.


  • HVAC and lighting upgrades
  • Building designed and renovated to LEED criteria
  • Purchase energy efficient equipment

Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center, & Orradre Library are 5% more efficient than required, and Lucas Hall, the new Leavey School of Business, is projected to be at least 10% more efficient than required by Title 24.

Improving Energy Conservation

  • Half of all beverage machines at SCU are Energy Star Certified.
  • A lighting system piloted in the Support Services Building, provides equivalent lighting while requiring 1/3 of typical energy needs.


Energy Efficiency Rebates

The university retrofitted the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning ( HVAC) systems in the campus bookstore, Shapell Lounge, and the microelectronics lab in the Engineering School with more efficient systems. Due to this initiative towards using more efficient energy, SCU was presented with a rebate of $109,00 by Silicon Valley Power. This is just one of several rebates given to the University for using energy more efficiently over the years. According to former Assistant Vice President for University Operations, Joe Sugg, the money saved will be used to fund more energy saving projects on campus. Learn more about Silicon Valley Power's rebate program. »Info



Energy Efficiency

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