Mounted on the wall next to the elevator in the lobby of the Health & Wellness Center, is what looks like a large flat-screen TV. It's Bunker Hill Community College's new "building dashboard" and was inaugurated during the recent Northeast Regional Conference. BHCC is the only community college in Massachusetts and one of only four nationwide to utilize this device developed by Lucid Technologies.
The dashboard shows how much energy we are using to light and heat the building with colorful graphs and charts. Plus, it's interactive. By touching the screen you can instantly compare the energy used today to that used yesterday or last month or last year. Or you can convert the energy units into kilowatt hours of electricity being used, carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere, or even dollars being spent on energy as you stand there and look at the screen.
If change begins with measuring, reporting and comparing, a building dashboard is the ideal way to measure the impact of energy conservation measures such as efficient light bulbs, classroom occupancy sensors and high performance equipment. The dashboard also links you to a virtual tour of the G- Building, Green Tips, sustainability-related games and social networking tools.