University of Ottawa


Founded in 1848, the University of Ottawa hosts 36,000 students and 4,000 staff members annually. In 1974, it broke new ground by hiring an energy manager in charge of cutting energy consumption costs on the campus.
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Located in the heart of Canada’s capital, the University of Ottawa has three campuses covering a total of 105 acres. The 38 buildings on the three sites range from century-old structures to modern science laboratories. The University decided to adopt a progressive philosophy as well as responsible energy use practices and in order to meet those goals, it turned to building automation and Regulvar.
Regulvar maintains a long-term relationship with the University of Ottawa, their first collaboration dating back to 1996. Many projects are still ongoing or have been planned for the future. Regulvar’s mandate at the University primarily involves controlling the air conditioning, ventilation and heating systems, as well as regulating the pressure inside laboratories and integrating fume hood controls.
Given that the University chose to focus on energy efficiency, Regulvar accepted the challenge of designing highly complex control sequences, ensuring very tight control and managing a large number of control points, 15,000 in total. Regulvar’s flexible approach is key to the seamless integration of the control systems, given that the Company needs to manage the devices that are in place, install new ones and centralize operations. As evidence of this versatility, Regulvar has adapted its methods and systems to the University’s specific standards in terms of control network architecture.
With the support of Regulvar, the University of Ottawa can therefore pursue its commitment to modernizing its facilities and reducing its energy consumption. In fact, the University has clearly demonstrated that its efforts in this regard are paying off—even though the campus has doubled in size since 1974, its energy costs have remained the same. Quite impressive!