Northwestern University

Energy Management Master Plan

Energy Management Master Plan - Evanston, IL


Grumman/Butkus Associates started working with Northwestern University in 1984 to assist in the implementation of a variable air volume retrofit of the air handling systems in the two buildings housing the business school. Over the ensuing years, G/BA has helped the university develop a comprehensive energy management master plan covering operations and maintenance, retrofits of existing systems, and the incorporation of energy efficient features into master specifications and design standards.


  • G/BA has completed in-depth energy studies for 39 buildings covering nearly 4.5 million square feet. Fifty-five percent of the cost of the studies was paid through state and federal grants, obtained with assistance from G/BA.
  • The projected overall payback for implemented energy conservation projects was less than 2.5 years. Factoring in the grants received, the simple payback on the university's funds was just under 1.2 years.
  • G/BA helped the university obtain eight federal grants (totalling more than $1 million) to fund the implementation of energy conservation measures.
  • Grants and savings helped fund an extensive campus energy management and control system designed by G/BA.