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The New York Power Authority recently completed a $10.7 million project designed to make the aging Goodyear Hall dormitory tower on the University at Buffalo South Campus more energy-efficient.

The project took place in three phases: $5.7 million for heating system upgrades; $2.7 million for 300 new windows in 200 rooms, including lounge areas and offices; and $2.3 million for lighting, water conservation and air-ventilation improvements.

For example, a special window film cuts down on glare and unwanted heat from sunlight and keeps rooms warmer during winter months. And sensors will measure when a room is occupied or empty, automatically controlling the lighting in the room.

The work was finished in time for the fall semester. The authority estimates that the technologies used in the dormitory project will conserve enough energy to reduce greenhouse emissions by 650 tons per year.

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