Improving Energy Efficiency of Existing Buildings at Notre Dame

Anna Chang

Chang Energyefficiency

How can the energy consumption of existing buildings at the University of Notre Dame be reduced by applying heat recovery technologies and are these energy efficiency retrofits economically feasible?


Retrofitting current buildings to install heat recovery may offer significant environmental benefits but can be prevented by feasibility and costs. The purpose of this capstone project was to explore the process of analyzing retrofits of heat recovery. I was able to perform site visits, discuss options with contractors and suppliers, and analyze the payback and impacts with assistance mainly from Bob Werner, from the Utilities Department at the University of Notre Dame. We studied Jordan Hall and St. Michael’s Laundry facility.


I also prepared website content for the Office of Sustainability that will be used to inform the public of the Energy Conservation Measures that have been completed on campus and the current applications of heat recovery that contribute to the overall energy efficiency of the University of Notre Dame.


I would like to thank my collaborator Bob Werner, Sr. Mechanical Engineer at Notre Dame Facilities, without whom this project would not have been possible.