The Shut the Sash campaign is an energy conservation program implemented by the Multidisciplinary Research Building's Green Team, the Center for Sustainability, and the KU Energy Office.
The goal of the program is to educate users of proper fume hood operations and to encourage lowering the sash when not in use.
Fume hoods are one of the most energy intensive types of equipment in a laboratory environment, but significant savings can be achieved by keeping them closed when not in use.
"Shut the Sash" ran through the months of April and May in MRB laboratories with 29 fume hoods.
The campaign included presentations to each lab, sticker prompts placed on fume hoods, posters and signs placed in the labs, and weekly updates to labs about individual fume hoods sash height.
Behavior changes related to the use of those hoods saved over 322 million cubic feet of air from being air conditioned and exhausted during the measurement period. The amount of air saved could fill Allen Field House over 43 times.
The Most Improved Sash Height during the program was awarded to the Pickings Lab under the direction of Dr. Wendy Pickings and Dr. Bill Pickings. They were able to lower their sash height by 37%. The amount of air that was saved from being air conditioned and exhausted from that lab alone would be enough to fill over 350 hot air balloons.
The Middaugh/Volkin Lab under the direction of Dr. Russ Middaugh and Dr. David Volkin was awarded the Lowest Average Sash Height during the program. Their lab consistently kept their sash closed to one inch or lower on average during the whole program.
Shut the Sash not only saved energy and successfully changed behavior, but it created cohesion amongst researchers and boosted moral within the building.