Technion’s student dormitories system was established in the early fifties. In recent years (since 2004) were built 17 houses and 1326 beds were added in, the dorms occupancy today is approximately 4500 beds.
There are more plans to enlarge campus dormitories system so that occupancy will increase in the future.
Dormitories scattered in 7 sites (six throughout the Technion and one on Allenby Street), and include daycare center, 112 buildings, guest houses in an area of 111,748 m^2 gross.
Next to the residential buildings scattered around the campus facilities for the benefit of the tenants including laundry rooms, study centers, computer farms and a music listening room.
In the dormitories located on campus (all of them except for Castle residence for Medicine students which is located in Kiryat Eliezer), live in preparatory class students, undergraduate and graduate students. Accommodation Office handles sorting undergraduate only, according to predetermined criteria.
In the Technion dorms there were several programs which tried to optimize the use of various resources and make it “green dorms” (ecological). On this issue responsible Avi Mazor, the manager of the dormitories’ maintenance for all the dormitories which are managed by Ms. Nili Naor. In addition, in the Technion Student Association (TSA) works a coordinator who helps promoting the efficiency of these optimization processes. Nowadays processes of renovation and construction are happening in purpose of optimizing the use of water resources, electricity and gas. You can see the current status of the condition of the buildings in various dorms here, for example for installing solar water heaters, air conditioning system which used also for heating in the winter instead of heating by diesel, installing electric or gas stoves and more.
In some of Technion dorms there is a cost for electricity consumption – at the dorms where air conditioners and water heaters were installed. This action encourages the students to save electricity for which they are paid separately. Electric bills began at the East dorms since the moment the air conditioning system was installed in the apartments.
In the past, most of the dormitories at the Technion heated by central heating system operated by diesel. The heating cost approximately 10 times higher than heating by air conditioners and also led to a big waste of energy given that most single dorms are empty during the weekends (most couples stay on weekends).
In 2009 alone the Technion saved approximately a million NIS compared to 2008 for heating energy costs only due to the air conditioners Installation Project in the dorms Old-East, Castle and Upper bloc, which replaced the use of radiators.
Upper Block Dormitory
Machine room 119 in the upper block used to heat bathing water and to heat buildings.
Air conditioning installation project in the upper block ended on December 2009. Installing air conditioners gradually reduced fuel consumption due to the cessation of heated water supply from the machine room to the air conditioned buildings (Neve American, Bor, Senate) .
It means that starting December 2009, the machine room served buildings 115,116,117 (public, for bathing and heating, air conditioners were not installed) and Senate buildings 159-172 installed solar boilers for heating bathing water.
According to a proposal written in March 2009, closing machine room 119, even before the demolition of the building will save 700,000 NIS worth of energy per year and over two million NIS over three years.
Diesel consumption for heating is about 55% of annual consumption (132 CTR in 2010) and about 45% are used for heating bathing water.
In 2009, a preliminary proposal to narrow the use of diesel in Canada dorms. Machine Room 937 powered by diesel used for heating bathing water and heating all the buildings in Canada. (Excluding the towers which have their own machine rooms).
In April 2010 began the process of installing air conditioning systems in Canada dorms. The work is expected to be completed by 2018.
The project also includes upgrading the electricity infrastructure including adding electricity meter for each apartment.
Installation of air conditioners will gradually reduce the diesel consumption due to the cessation of heating hot water infrom the machine room.
Investment of about one million NIS pushed the electrical infrastructure project forwardin Canada dormitories (within the upgrade).
The average consumption of diesel In Canada dorms is about 200 CTR which is million NIS per year in the prices of October 2009.
Recently water tanks were installed (150 liters) on the roofs of buildings in Canada dorms, something like the tanks installed in buildings, ground and Bank Hapoalim, gradually reducing the diesel consumption for heating water. Installation of 88 boilers at 11 entries remaining in Canada dorm with cost about 450,000 NIS (investment of about 75,000 per year for six years) from management budget management will save about 300,000 per year. Namely, investment returns itself in less than two years.
The solar installation project is expected to be completed by October 2013.
In Canada Dorms electricity-saving Fluorescent lights are installed.
There are also outdoor light efficiency increasing devices. The lighting is activated by photoshadow cell (feels darkness) combined with time clocks. Lighting control works from dark to midnight, then, and when the movement of vehicles and pedestrians decreases significantly the amount of lighting reduces to 1/3 – 2/3 according to brightness regions.
Decorative lighting is also discontinued at 22:00 until midnight. The electrical engineer of the Technion, Isaac Romano, added: “We are working to operate lights with remote control and astronomical clock (which knows exactly the daylight hours throughout the year), but the subject is not yet budgeted.”
In recent years, operation of Installing water savers in every student housing on campus has begun. The proposal brought up because of the understanding that next to the water resource savings there will be annual cost savings of approximately 110 NIS per shower.
The technion dorms bought water savers under the following quantities:
On 4/2008, 1290 saving devices were purchased for southeast dorms.
On 1/2009, 250 water saving devices were purchased for junior faculty dorms.
On 3/2009, 920 water saving devices were purchased for Canada dorms.
On 7/2009, 400 water saving devices were purchased for upper and lower dorms.
In addition, according to the director of the dormitory maintenance, Avi Mazor, as part of the saving project they also push for two quantitates of toilet flush.
As of June 2012 the tenants pay for water consumption in East-New dormitories. Water-saving program was discussed on February 2012, because of the success of the operation for saving electricity in the dormitory complexes.
For this purpose, there was a discount for all the residents of East-New by average consumption, measured during several months. Which was about ~ 2.7 cubic meters per student per month. “Anyone who saves water, saves housing payments,” says Constantine, dormitory coordinator in TSA.
Water payments should gradually get into all areas of the dorms.
All around the campus, and in the dormitories areas especially, different recycle bins are placed (bottles, papers, etc.).