A group of 26 postgraduate students studying the course, SEE6102/SEE8112 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Technologies, went behind the classroom scenes to visit the building management system room, chillers and cooling towers at CityU on 16 April 2016 to see the operations of essential building facilities such as the chiller plant, cooling tower, and also renewable systems such as solar/hot water. Students understand how buildings energy usages are monitored and controlled.
Briefed by the facility manager, Mr. Percy Kong, students learnt about the 36 extremely practical energy-saving measures which have saved the University millions of dollar each year. Students enjoyed the talk on the Art of Energy Savings. Having energy efficient equipment and innovative ways to reduce excessive energy use (especially for the chiller) are essential, but at the end, it also requires a deep understanding of human psychology and behavior.