The Integrated Energy and Climate Master Plan (IECMP) for Sheridan College Campuses in southwestern Ontario, Canada was developed over a 16-month period. The consultant team mentored operational staff, faculties, and students who supported the plan development.
The IECMP is used as a roadmap for achieving the following goals:
- Use 50% less source energy by 2040
- Reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions by 60%
- Ensure energy supply reliability
- Be a platform for new energy and waste technologies
- Use Sheridan as a ‘living laboratory’ to develop competitive sustainability, energy, and climate curricula
- Create a national and community role model with world-class energy performance
Using detailed computer models of all buildings, the impact of different efficiency retrofits and improved energy management practices were assessed. At the same time, the possibilities of more efficient energy distribution and supply throughout Sheridan campuses, particularly in upgrading heating and cooling distribution systems, along with alternative energy supply options, were evaluated.
The investment plan comprises campus-wide control and metering, building efficiency retrofits, upgraded and expanded heating and cooling distribution, on-site heat and power generation, and extensive solar PV applications. To ensure these investments deliver their full potential, the IECMP also recommends measures to engage the entire college population – students, staff, and faculty – in energy and climate management on a continuing basis. New campuses and buildings will be built to at least LEED Gold standards with energy performance requirements to meet systematic global best practices.