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Facilities Improvements

Johnson-McFarlane ENERGY STAR Certification

Johnson-McFarlane Residence Hall has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which means that the building performs in the top 25 percent of residence halls in the country.

Jmac is the University's first ENERGY STAR certified building and the first ENERGY STAR certified residence hall in Colorado.

Some of the recent upgrades to Jmac which helped us earn this certification include the following:

  • Replaced windows throughout the building with more energy efficient windows that have better insulation to reduce heat loss in winter.
  • Upgraded the heating system throughout the building with new sections of thin-tube radiation heating elements and replaced heating system distribution pumps
  • De-lamped hallway lighting fixtures.
  • Converted make-up air units from electric to hot water power. 
  • Upgraded the laundry area and installed a higher efficiency ventilation system
  • Installed higher efficiency domestic hot water heat exchangers.
  • Applied a white roof coating to the building, reducing the need for air conditioning in the lobby and office areas in the summertime.
  • Provided numerous educational initiatives encouraging residents to reduce energy use, including the Energy and Water Conservation Contest and others.
  • To read more about Jmac earning its ENERGY STAR certification, click here.