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UBC Sustainability: Shut the Sash Competition

Laboratories consume 10 times as much energy as other types of buildings on campus—from offices and classrooms to dorms. The biggest culprit? Fume hoods. Large amounts of energy are used to warm, cool and move air through fume hoods where researchers run experiments. A single fume hood can use over three times the energy of an entire household.

The Competition

The Campus Sustainability Office is introducing a six-week competition (Feb. 6 – Mar. 16, 2012) to encourage researchers who use VAV fume hoods to shut the sash in order to lower the fan’s speed and the volume of air being used.

Teams will compete head-to-head to see who can consistently outperform the competition during spot checks on fume hoods. The first-place team in each building wins $500; second place earns $250. In addition, participants will be eligible for weekly prizes.

Researchers who work in Chemistry D and E Block are eligible to apply. Just form teams and sign up before February 1 by contacting Anke Sieb at .

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