Buffalo State College, a 125-acre campus founded in 1871, provides 79 undergraduate courses to nearly 2,000 full and part-time students, each year. In 2013, Buffalo State’s Engineering Technology, Fashion and Textile Technology and Computer Information Systems building was built using green building features, a vegetated lower roof and photovoltaic collector on the upper roof.
The facility integrated temperature and lighting controls along with full metering of steam, electrical and water usage to help the college monitor and maintain environmental parameters that save energy and cost. This includes monitoring backup generators with alarms to alert operators when the backup units kick on and if a major electrical issue arises. Direct digital controls are also sequenced for steam reduction, heat recovery units, minimum outside air ventilation and demand control ventilation, refrigerant monitoring, hot water exchangers, freezer protection, fan interlocks and smoke detection. In addition to digital video surveillance and protective services systems installed and serviced at all buildings on the Buffalo State College campus.
The Engineering Technology building has earned LEED gold certification from the United States Green Building Council.