UD Earns Alliant Energy Rebate for Heritage Center Energy Conservation Strategies

Dec 11, 2013 | Kristi Lynch

The University of Dubuque was recently presented with a rebate check in the amount of $318,347 from Alliant Energy.  The check reflects the energy efficiency strategies incorporated in the design and construction of Heritage Center.

Alliant Energy’s Commercial New Construction program offers energy design assistance, design team incentives, and customer incentives.  Energy-efficient buildings use less energy, cost less to operate and impact the environment less than conventional buildings.  Energy saving efforts utilized in Heritage Center construction includes lighting design with sensor controls and daylight features, wall and roof insulation, premium efficiency pump motors to run the chiller, and design glazing to the windows.  As with most new construction on the University of Dubuque campus, Heritage Center, is geothermally heated and cooled.

The University has made investments in energy efficiency in all new construction and building renovation during the last decade and a half.  Where geothermal technology will permit, it has been employed in new campus construction such as Charles and Romona Myers Center, Heritage Center, University Park Village, portions of the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center as well as the new residence hall currently under construction.  Energy efficient lighting systems have been installed throughout the campus and, when conventional heating systems are to be used, only the most energy efficient are specified.

“The University of Dubuque is a leader in implementing energy efficient technology and strategies into their long-term facilities plan,” said Craig Clefisch, Alliant Energy key account manager. “We are proud to partner with the University of Dubuque on projects in which we are reducing our impact on the environment while enhancing the learning environment for students. Our energy efficiency rebate programs can offer a number of ways for our customers to better control their energy usage.”