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Spartan Treasure Hunt

The Spartan Treasure Hunt is an early step in the building commissioning process. It engages building occupants to help identify opportunities for energy savings and system improvements.

The treasure hunt is a one-day event in which participants break up into teams, tour a campus building and look for ways to increase energy efficiency within the building. Through observation, measurement and inquiry, teams of building occupants and facilities experts produce a list of resource-saving opportunities.

Treasure hunt findings are validated in the building commissioning process and those recommendations that produce favorable savings are implemented.

In this photo, MSU employees observe a gauge in a boiler room.

In addition to building-specific issues, the program identifies behavior-related saving opportunities. Building occupants have a direct impact on sustainability goals including conservation and efficiency in energy, waste and water. By engaging occupants in simple behavior modifications we can reduce the building’s environmental footprint.

The infographic below illustrates the process by which the university is identifying opportunities for energy savings and system improvements.

A graphic depicting a path to energy savings at MSU. 1) Identify a building: Examine campus energy data to identify which buildings provide the greatest opportunity for energy improvements to prioritize efforts and funding. 2) Treasure hunt: Engage building occupants to help identify opportunities for energy savings and system improvements. 3) Record results: Document all findings and identify occupant concerns. 4) Assess funding: Assess how funding can be secured for energy-saving improvements. 5) Identify best practices: Partner with building occupants to identify and implement best practices that impact conservation and efficiency in energy, waste and water. 6) Analyze data: Analyze data and determine which building improvements will save the most energy. 7) Implement changse: Perform funded energy-conservation measures. 8) Monitor equipment: Continually monitor the
new energy-conservation measures as well as all other building equipment and systems. 9) Continuous improvements: Continue to optimize systems and reduce building energy use.

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