Recent years have brought about aggressive change in the way buildings are built— and not only in a structural sense. Strict attention is being paid to how we heat, power and light our facilities. The modern building climate demands the best possible efficiency from all aspects—especially from an electrical standpoint.

Favreau’s Electric has embraced this mindset wholeheartedly. We have worked hand-in-hand with Efficiency Maine on numerous projects in recent past, such as dormitory renovations at Bowdoin College, not to mention several new building projects at the University of New England (UNE). Our projects have ranged from individual student rooms and study centers to gymnasium lighting retrofits such as a recent lighting replacement project at the Hyde School in Bath, Maine. The majority of projects that we have worked on in recent past have been LEED certified buildings. Many of our projects in pumping stations and marine science have incorporated the most up-to-date Variable Frequency Drives, such as we used at the Coastal Studies Center for Bowdoin College in Orr’s Island, ME. We are a Certified Partner with Efficiency Maine, as well as a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Our work in chasing peak efficiency has included ballast and lighting retrofits in supermarkets, and study centers, such as the Hatch Science Library at Bowdoin College. We have also worked together with environmental control contractors on campuses such as Bowdoin and UNE to install power monitoring systems on their individual building services. The information provided by this metering has aided in campus energy management, but has also served as an informational tool for the students. We have worked with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute on smaller applications, installing monitoring on individual home electrical services to aid in efficiency studies from a residential angle.

Here are a few examples of projects we have worked on:

Colby College:
Roberts Row Dormitories—LEED Gold Certification
Cotter Union—LEED Silver Certification

University of New England:

College of Pharmacy—LEED silver Certification
Residence Hall—UNE’s 2nd LEED Certified project

Bowdoin College:

Hatch Science Library—Efficiency Maine ballast retrofit

Hyde School Gymnasium—Efficiency Maine lighting replacement

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Educational Center (present)—LEED project, targeting net zero.