Sustainability: Energy Management

Water pipes in the uOttawa power plant

We are committed to creating an efficient campus that reduces its impact on the environment.


TARGET: Reduce energy consumption by 2% annually despite the growth of the campus. 
PROGRESS: In 2019, energy consumption increased by 0.5% since 2009 despite the addition of 100,000 square metres of space.


EcoProsperity is a program to implement deep-energy retrofits on campus. In 2013, the program was responsible for over $3 Million dollars in energy savings. Recently retrofitted buildings include the Morriset Library, Desmarais, Fauteux, Site and Roger Guindon.

Embedded Energy Manager
The University of Ottawa has partnered with Hydro Ontario to employ an embedded energy manager on campus. The embedded energy manager is responsible for reducing electrical consumption by finding energy saving opportunities.

Demand Response 3 (DR3)
During the hottest days of the year, the University is called upon by the Province to reduce its energy consumption to preserve the electrical grid. On these days we implement energy reduction measures which include turning off non-essential lighting and rotating ventilation.

District Heating and Cooling
The University of Ottawa's campus utilizes a district heating and cooling loop. This means all the buildings are connected by tunnels underground that allows energy to be shared between the power plant and buildings.


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