Sign up for one of our facilities tours held throughout Energy Week! All tours are limited to 20 people--10 current students and 10 alums/other professionals. Registration is first come, first served. There will be a wait list, so if someone cancels their registration you might get the opportunity!


Chiller Plant: Monday, October 31, 2016, 10:00am-12:00pm

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A chiller plant is a centralized system that cools the air for Duke buildings and provides the air-conditioning portion of HVAC systems. The system operates year round to keep up with the demands of campus buildings.

The first 30 minutes of the tour will involve an overview of Duke’s energy needs and the Climate Action Plan. Hats and safety glasses are provided for the tour, however, close toed shoes are required. There will also be a safety discussion at the beginning of the tour.


Steam Plant + Bryan Center Solar Hot Water: Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 10:00am-12:00pm

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Steam is the main heat source for buildings on campus. Steam is used for space conditioning, hot water heating, hospital medical equipment sterilization, dining services, pool heating, dishwashing and other process uses at Duke University. Like the chiller plant, it operates year round.

The first 15 minutes of the tour consists of a discussion about the hot/solar heating technology, and then the group will walk over to the steam plant. Hats and safety glasses are provided for the tour, however, close toed shoes are required. There will also be a safety discussion at the beginning of the tour.


Environment Hall: Thursday, November 3, 2016, 9:00am-10:00am

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Duke Environment Hall is a relatively new 70,000-square-foot building that opened on April 10, 2014. It is a five-story glass-and-concrete building that is designed to meet or exceed the criteria for LEED Platinum, the highest level of LEED Certification.

The tour will commence on the bridge that leads to the 2nd floor of the building. Discussion about the rooftop PV solar panels, and a visit to the rooftop and basement is included in this tour. Lastly, green features that allow for different climate control settings for offices, classrooms, and common spaces will be discussed as well.


TUNL Lab: Thursday, November 3, 2016, 2:00pm-4:00pm

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TUNL is a partly underground lab on Duke's West campus that is the "US Department of Energy Center of Excellence in Nuclear Physics.” This lab contains three different facilities: HIGS (High Intensity Gamma Ray Source), a Tandem Accelerator Bay, and a Lab for Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics. TUNL is a consortium of the three main triangle universities, including NC State and UNC. Triangle University Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL) is a consortium of three major research universities in the North Carolina Research Triangle Area: Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that focuses on nuclear physics research.

This tour will include a visit to all three facilities and talented scientists will discuss their work. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

Must be 18 or older and not pregnant to participate.