Energy Performance Contracting

Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) is a project delivery method focusing primarily on energy/utility reduction. The EPC process is a multiple contract process where the University contracts with a qualified Energy Service Company (ESCO) to provide all of the services required to design and implement a comprehensive project at the customer facility, from the initial energy audit through long-term guarantee of project savings. 

The university uses this process to manage complex facilities with high energy use, such as laboratories, making them energy efficient and addressing deferred maintenance issues along the way.

The Urbana campus has now executed over $100M of Energy Performance Contracting projects starting with the Veterinary Medicine facilities in 2010 which resulted in an estimated cost avoidance of $1M annually. A contract for the Oak Street Chiller Plant helped campus avoid an additional $1.2M annually. A project at Abbott Power Plant improved efficiencies for the gas boilers which results in approximately $200K in annual savings. Completed in 2019, five College of Engineering buildings helps campus avoid $1.5M per year. Construction is currently underway in 6 laboratory type buildings that is expected to save approximately $2M annually. To date, 17 buildings have been impacted by the EPC delivery method resulting in guaranteed savings of approximately $6M annually. 

Current Projects

Laboratory Facilities – EPC Project 05 (U16061)

In May 2018, the Board of Trustees approved Schneider Electric to implement energy conservation measures at 6 locations including Chemical & Life Sciences Laboratory, Roger Adams Laboratory, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Beckman Institute, Natural Resources Studies Annex, and Forbes Natural History Building. Substantial completion of this approximately $33M project is expected Fall 2021. 

Roger Adams Laboratory: Notable Energy Conservation Measures 
  • Direct Digital Controls System 

  • Variable Air Volume Conversion 

  • Select Air Handling Unit Replacement 

  • Select Window Replacement 

  • Seal Building Envelope 

Chemical and Life Science Laboratory: Notable Energy Conservation Measures 

  • Direct Digital Controls System 

  • Variable Air Volume Conversion 

  • Seal Building Envelope 

Arnold O. and Mabel M. Beckman Institute for Science and Technology: Notable Energy Conservation Measures 

  • Direct Digital Controls System 

  • Laboratory Exhaust Upgrades 

  • New Heat Recovery Chiller 

  • Variable Air Volume Conversion 

  • Atrium LED Lighting Retrofit 

Natural Resources Studies Annex: Notable Energy Conservation Measures 

  • Direct Digital Controls System 

  • New Heat Recovery Chiller Plant (Shared with ISTC) 

  • Air Handling Unit Upgrades 

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center: Notable Energy Conservation Measures 

  • Direct Digital Controls System 

  • New Heat Recovery Chiller Plant (Shared with NRSA) 

Forbes Natural History Building: Notable Energy Conservation Measures 

  • Direct Digital Controls System 

  • Completed ESCO Projects