QESP: Qualified Energy Savings Project
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What is a qualified energy savings project (QESP)? A QESP is a means by which the university can implement projects that are designed to save energy. The state legislature has enacted a bill that allows each state university to raise $15 million per campus through the sale of bonds that will be paid back from the savings achieved from the energy projects. The energy projects must pay back in ten years or less. The projects can be done in phases over time until the total of $15 million is reached.
Indiana University has begun implementing QESP at several regional campuses. QESP has been completed at the Kokomo campus and is in process at the South Bend campus. The process has begun at the Bloomington campus and at the IUPUI campus. Here at IUPUI, QESP will be done in phases. The first phase will begin in four buildings: Medical Research and Library, Gatch Clinical, Engineering and Technology, and Business/SPEA. Eventually, other buildings will be involved in the QESP process.
The QESP process will involve all building systems that relate to a building's energy use. These systems include the air handling system, the heating and cooling systems, the lighting system, the building walls, roof, and windows. Contractors will review the current utility use, building occupancy patterns, building drawings, space usage, and more. From this review, they will be able to develop projects that are designed to save energy. This could be as simple as changing a light or as complex as replacing an air handling system. Once the contractors finish developing these projects, they will be reviewed by Campus Facility Services staff. The product of this review will be a group of projects that will fit with each building. Once approved by campus administration, the projects will be implemented. The QESP process will then begin with another group of buildings.