Energy Savings Offset by New Demands
With so few people on campus nowadays due to NIH’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, much less energy is being used to cool and heat campus buildings. Savings in that arena, however, have been offset by new demands.
As of press time, the Office of Research Facilities had not yet received NIH’s electric bill for March 2020. “However, regarding natural gas and fuel oil, March 2020 was 35 percent lower—on average—when compared to the months of March of 2015 through 2019,” said Brad Moss, ORF/ORS communication director.
However, he explained, offsetting these savings have been unprogrammed costs such as additional disinfection; air rebalancing in the Clinical Center to prepare for potential COVID-19 patients; construction of plexiglass safety guards; procurement of HEPA filters for potential COVID-19 patients; and engineering analyses to configure the Clinical Center for potential COVID-19 patients.