In January 2022, Bernhard and Tulane University announced a 30-year Energy-as-a-Service project that addresses significant capital
renewal, deferred maintenance, and energy optimization priorities across the Tulane Uptown and Downtown campuses. The upfront improvements are expected to significantly reduce Tulane’s cumulative annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions with the ultimate goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.
Drawing inspiration from the concerted sustainability efforts of Tulane and Bernhard, Project RISE (Renew, Innovate, Sustain, Engage) addresses significant capital renewal, sustainability and energy optimization priorities. Through the innovative partnership, Tulane will accelerate the delivery of campus upgrades that will increase the resiliency and reliability of critical infrastructure on Tulane’s campuses. Bernhard is also guaranteeing significant annual utility cost savings over the length of the agreement, a commitment that includes bringing one or more Tulane buildings to certified Net Zero Energy status by 2025.
During the partnership, Tulane will transfer the risk of energy operations and maintenance to Bernhard. The Bernhard team will advance and upgrade campus energy infrastructure including lighting, combined heat and power, building automation systems, retro-commissioning, heating water, air-handler upgrades, and domestic water upgrades. Monitoring of asset performance and measurement and verification of energy savings throughout the project will be provided through Bernhard Connect®.