Indeed the building consumes about 60 percent less energy compared to others of its size and, on average, uses less energy per square foot any other building on the Yale campus. School administrators regularly monitor energy data down to the floor- and systems-levels and meet monthly with the Yale facilities department to review any anomalies and upcoming scheduling.
But beyond Kroon, principles of sustainability are embedded in the daily activities of individuals across F&ES. Perhaps nothing reflects this more than the efforts of the student-run Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC), which explores ways that F&ES can improve its performance when it comes to energy efficiency and material usage.
“The Environmental Stewardship Committee is doing energy efficiency improvements all the time,” said James Ball ’16 M.E.M., a second-year student and member of the ESC. “F&ES is not new to this. We have the most energy-efficient building on campus, and we have the academic expertise, too.”
Still there are plenty of steps that can be taken to improve energy efficiency at F&ES. And in many cases, it comes back to the behavior of community members. For example, Kroon’s energy performance relies heavily on simple actions such as closing windows when the building’s red lights are on, switching off computers at night, and occupant understanding of how to use the different thermostats.