St. John’s University is committed to a 50 percent reduction in campuswide carbon emissions by 2030, aligning with the NYC Carbon Challenge. To support campus decarbonization efforts — and make progress toward complying with New York City’s Local Law 97 (LL97) — the university is undertaking multiple projects to reduce reliance on carbon-intensive steam heating.
Acting as the engineer of record, Burns led mechanical/electrical/plumbing (MEP) design for the following electrification retrofits:
The electrification projects reduce steam consumption, lowering campus fueling costs by decreasing demand on the central boiler plant. Calculated carbon emission reductions qualified the university for nearly $1.8 million in rebates from New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA).
Projections of overall carbon reductions will avoid an estimated $300,000 in potential LL97 non-compliance fines. LL97 imposes legally binding emission limits on most New York City buildings larger than 25,000 square feet.
St. John’s is completing the retrofit projects in phases. Construction is scheduled to complete by winter 2023.