Delta Force Program

Delta Force is U.Va.'s building sustainability program. The process begins with the Office for Sustainability energy management team; they identify projects that can deliver the most energy savings at the lowest cost. These projects typically include retro-commissioning, which is the process of upgrading energy intensive mechanical systems to newer more efficient ones. In many cases, the design and construction work on these projects are completed by Office for Sustainability staff, U.Va. staff, and support from external professionals. This interdisciplinary, team-based approach allows U.Va to optimize the performance and sustainability of the most energy intensive existing buildings on Grounds.

Funding Model

How do we pay for these projects?

Delta Force is similar to a green revolving fund. All projects are funded up front from a Delta Force account, the cost of the project is recuperated through actual utility savings within the building(s) plus an additional 25% fee; this additional fee allows the fund to grow and take on larger projects that can deliver a higher payback.

Since 2007, Delta Force has funded over 20 projects, some encompassing many buildings, and saved the University over $20 million in avoided energy costs.

    The U. Va. energy management team integrates many elements into Delta Force projects such as:

  • Retro-commissioning – Retro-commissioning air handlers and key equipment, testing and balancing, reducing air changes where feasible and replacing chilled water valves with pressure independent controls.
  • Relamping – Distinct from changing out fixtures, U.Va. has found excellent paybacks in replacing bulbs with higher efficiency version and screw-in LEDs.
  • Insulation and windows – Targeted improvements to building envelopes, installing insulation jackets for steam systems and repair of damaged/missing insulation throughout.
  • Optimizing control settings – Though Delta Force funds are not typically used to fund the switch from pneumatic to digital controls, the energy management team may partner with projects planned through another university entity to provide additional funding that ensures a full-featured controls upgrade to a building. Delta Force works with the Instrumentation and Controls team to ensure that all of the desired energy conservation measures are included in the initial project scope. The Delta Force Energy Engineers provide technical support and commissioning of the improved system.

For more information contact:

Jesse Warren
Email: jmw4ub@virginia.edu

Current & Past Delta Force Projects

  • Albert H. Small Building

    Project budget: $50,000
    Building type: Office
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  • Biomed. Eng. & Med Sci. Bldg. (MR5)

    Project budget: $360,000
    Building type: Research lab
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  • Bryan Hall

    Project budget: $180,000
    Building type: Office
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  • Campbell Hall

    Project budget: $320,000
    Building type: Class lab
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  • Carruthers Hall

    Project budget: $270,000
    Building type: Office
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  • Carter-Harrison Research Bldg (MR6)

    Project budget: $150,000
    Building type: Research lab
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  • Chemistry Building

    Project budget: $479,273
    Building type: Research lab
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  • Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

    Project budget: $196,330
    Building type: Library
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  • Elson Student Health Center

    Project budget: $260,000
    Building type: Patient Care
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  • Fayerweather Hall

    Project budget: $65,000
    Building type: Class lab
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  • Gilmer Hall

    Project budget: $553,000
    Building type: Research lab
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  • Minor Hall

    Project budget: $125,000
    Building type: Office
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  • Jordan Hall

    Project budget: $236,282
    Building type: Research lab
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  • Medical Research lab (MR4)

    Project budget: $275,000
    Building type: lab
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  • McKim Hall

    Project budget: $48,381
    Building type: lab
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  • Multistory Building

    Project budget: $410,629
    Building type: lab
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  • O’Hill Dining Facility

    Project budget: $415,000
    Building type: Dining
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  • Olsson Hall

    Project budget: $273,500
    Building type: Office
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  • Primary Care Center

    Project budget: $600,000
    Building type: Patient Care
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  • Thornton Hall

    Project budget: $350,000
    Building type: Office
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  • Wilsdorf Hall

    Project budget: $250,000
    Building type: Research
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  • Wilson Hall

    Project budget: $180,000
    Building type: Office
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  • Chemical Engineering Research

    Project budget: $300,000
    Building type: Research lab
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  • Clark Hall

    Project budget: $300,000
    Building type: Library
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  • Mechanical Engineering

    Project budget: $300,000
    Building type: Classroom & lab
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  • Newcomb Hall

    Project budget:
    Building type: Auxiliary
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  • Newcomb Hall

    Project budget:
    Building type: Auxiliary
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