award-winning Energy Hawks
An innovative approach to saving energy, reducing utilities costs, and improving occupant comfort in 60 buildings across the University of Iowa campus
What's an Energy Hawk?
A quick-hit, high impact team of specialists from various Facilities Management units including maintenance services, building commissioning, controls engineering and energy management. Drawing from a rotating group of energy engineers, building controls technicians, maintenance personnel and operations engineers, the group members work in synergy to evaluate and resolve energy issues in buildings quickly and efficiently.
Saving energy, reducing utilities costs and improving occupant comfort are the chief goals of the Energy Hawks.
The Energy Hawks process is a part of the UI's comprehensive energy conservation plan to eliminate energy waste.
The Energy Hawks take a holistic, cross-organizational and cross-functional approach. The process goes beyond routine operational fixes to a comprehensive evaluation of the whole system revealing solutions for better systems management.
Tina Hass, Assistant to the Dean of the College of Education, says, “The experience with the Energy Hawks has been seamless and painless. They came in and got to work with no disruption to the building occupants. Faculty and staff have commented on how much more comfortable their offices are, space heaters are gone, and we have noticed a difference in energy efficiency and comfort levels throughout the building.”
Jan Waterhouse, Assistant Dean for Operations and Finance, UI College of Nursing, stated, “The team was in the Nursing Building for about two weeks. They provided a complete list of action items identified during the investigative phase, explained what they found, and the steps that would be taken to address the issues. The repairs included replacing our outside air dampers and a large number of old, faulty thermostats in individual offices, which has really improved our temperature control and air flow throughout the building.”