Energy Furman University

At Furman, we are committed to becoming effectively carbon-neutral in our operations by 2026. In keeping with this ambitious goal, we constantly strive to advance renewable energy technologies, conserve, and change the way our community - employees, students, and visitors - views energy consumption.

ENERGY USE POLICY

The Energy Use Policy​ supports the wise use of limited energy resources on campus, while also accounting for occupant comfort. Facilities Services monitors and tracks Furman's energy usage, and identifies ways for our campus to become more energy efficient. The department accomplishes this by monitoring equipment like Furman's heating and air conditioning systems. 

Geothermal heat pumps

Furman is replacing aging heat pumps in 10 of our North Village apartment buildings with new, highly efficient geothermal ground-source heat pumps, which will take advantage of the constant temperature of the earth to pre-heat or pre-cool air for ventilation. The project, paid for by a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Energy and matching funds from the university, will be completed in 2013.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES CENTER

Since the late 1970s, the roof of the LEED Silver-certified Physical Activities Center has been home to a large solar thermal system that generates hot water for the building. The roof also holds a 95 kW solar photovoltaic array. And the green technology doesn’t stop outside the building. The class of 2010’s senior gift was the installation of ReRev technology, which harnesses energy created by the use of elliptical machines that would otherwise be lost to heat.

Energy dashboard

The dashboard allows Furman community members to view energy use in real-time through an easy-to-use website. We’ve made the data available to faculty and students for use in the classroom and in research, making it easier to build connections between the coursework and university operations. The dashboard was partially funded by a gift from The Duke Endowment. For more information on Furman's dashboard contact the Shi Center.

Townes Science Center

Townes Science Center incorporates an array of energy-conserving components, including a solar/aquatic waste water treatment system, two hybrid solar concentrators, day lighting, energy recovery wheels, and a sophisticated chilled-beam cooling system for thermal efficiency. These high performance facilities are more than just classrooms, they provide learning and research opportunities for students.

Shi Center FOR SUSTAINABILITY

This cottage serves as a demonstration site for sustainable living choices. The site displays five types of photovoltaic panels: monocrystalline panels, polycrystalline panels, solar thin film, bifacial panels, and a dual-axis pole-mounted solar tracker.

Existing buildings

True to its commitment to sustainable choices, Furman recommisions at least one existing building each year to make sure it's as efficient as possible. Engineers and outside testing companies will evaluate and test the buildings’ heating and air conditioning systems to make sure they’re working as efficiently as possible. Each building is also equipped with a Building Automation System, which adjusts the climate and lighting of each building according to when the building is being used.

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