Notre Dame Turns to Schneider Electric to Increase Energy Efficiency

A decade ago, the University of Notre Dame set a goal to cut its carbon footprint in half by 2030, something Schneider has helped them achieve.

BOSTON, Mass. — Schneider Electric, an energy and automation digital solutions provider, announces it is working with the University of Notre Dame, located in Notre Dame, Ind., to implement its EcoStruxure™ Building 3.0 into more than 95 campus buildings.

EcoStruxture Building is part of Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxture Architecture and provides the visibility, analytics and automated controls needed to oversee and manage energy use, power quality and building performance, according to the company.

“EcoStruxure Building Operation seamlessly facilitates the secure exchange of data from both Schneider Electric and third-party systems. It allows the University to easily replace network controllers, field devices and sensors in future construction,” reads the press release. “The platform’s built-in web interface provides anytime, anywhere access control and data management and visualization tools to help administrators make smarter, insights-based decisions.”

In consultation with Havel, a building management system service provider that Notre Dame has worked with for more than 50 years, the university began a modernization project to upgrade its building management technology to increase operational efficiency.

The university chose to upgrade existing Schneider Electric systems to EcoStruxure Building Operation 3.0, which enables increased levels of IP connectivity, building analytics, integration with metering and facility operations, and increased cybersecurity, says the company.

These improvements were particularly helpful when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and a mandatory stay-at-home order was put in place in Indiana. EcoStruxture Building Operation allowed the university’s facility team to manage its buildings remotely, enabling them to continue to work while the campus was closed.

Project planning with Schneider began in 2019 and the transition is expected to be complete before the end of 2020. The transition began in the facilities department building to allow for hands-on experience before moving to other parts of campus.

In 2010, Notre Dame set a goal to cut its carbon footprint in half by 2030. By using energy-efficient practices, energy management solutions and sustainable and distributed energy resources, the university already met its goals.

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