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CASE STUDY: University Enjoys Steam Health Benefits

Updated: Nov 15

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Case Study University

An old and prestigious university uses steam to heat their buildings. They have tested over the years to see if they should upgrade to a new type of heat but each study showed that the steam was the most efficient and healthy type of heat for the buildings.

The humidity of the heat helps allergy sufferers. They are also quieter and the heat is more evenly distributed. However 96.5% of their greenhouse emissions are generated in the process. Their action plan focuses on reducing those.

96.5% of their emissions come from their campus building’s heating system


One of the first things they did was to try to reduce the number of failed traps in the system. Inspections were challenging due to privacy laws and timing factors. By installing monitors on all stream traps after the term was over and students had moved out they could take their time and not have to bother anyone in class or in their living accommodations.

While installing the monitoring system they also did a complete audit of steam pipes in their building and added a number of new safety procedures to ensure students were warned of temperature risks

“Our students health and safety are of utmost concern to school employees. Remote monitoring is key”


  • They were able to retrofit their heating system with a Pulse wireless automated monitoring system for a very small amount of money

  • Students will retain their healthy heating but in a safer, more efficient system

  • Students were not required to vacate their living or studying spaces to allow upgrade

  • The university was able to add the saved CO2 emissions to their environmental sustainability success plan

  • University maintenance no longer worry about failing their annual steam system inspection and can plan their

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