Stanford University’s Energy Retrofit Program is nearing 20 years in action. The Whole Building En-ergy Retrofit Program that it spawned is tackling even bigger projects. See how these two ongoing efforts are organized to boost the campus’ long-term sustainability while earning attractive ROIs to sustain themselves as well.
Identifying motor retrofit opportunities in cooling towers, air handlers, exhaust fans, and
circulating pumps reflects the no-stone-unturned strategy Rutgers employs in energy management.For those motors, boiler upgrades, and future projects, the university regularly seizes on multiple incentives opportunities — ranging from utility offers to good old-fashioned intraschool competition — to teach efficiency in action.
Texas Women’s University found that continuous energy monitoring and verification paid off well, yielding savings above and beyond an existing performance contract. The authors explain how measuring and managing can defeat the usual suspects that drag down plant performance. Is yours hiding some untapped greatness?
Designers can typically choose either type from any major manufacturer. But what are the differences and consequences for a design? What type of space lends itself to one or the other, and what windows of opportunity for real efficiency gains do either provide? Knowing all the differences can make all the difference.
Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline faced some extreme dehumidification requirements for its facility manufacturing denture-cleaning tablets. The strategy it selected not only reached target humidity levels but also allowed a 3º increase in chilled water temperature. Get the details on the system and savings that put smiles on the faces of this project team.
When the Pina Bausch dance company came to the University of California (UC) Berkeley for a weekend of live performances presented by Cal Performances in December 2011, the theater’s production team faced an unusual challenge. The show incorporated a vintage 1940 slide projector being shipped from Germany for use in the Zellerbach Hall auditorium, and Doug Warrick, general manager of Cal Performances, had to find a way to ensure that noise and heat buildup from the projector would not ruin the performance or, worse yet, create a fire hazard in the theater.
Although it’s the second-oldest college in America, the College of William & Mary boasts the oldest college building in the United States, the Sir Christopher Wren Building, which was built in 1695 before the founding of nearby Williamsburg, VA. Now fast-forward to the 1960s, when the college expanded to accommodate Baby Boom students.
A quiet learning environment, consistent comfort, and energy efficiency topped the list of requirements at Northbrook Junior High School in selecting chillers as part of a $1.88 million life-safety improvement renovation project. The two-story, 135,000-sq- ft school was originally built in 1958 and now serves 650 students in grades six through eight. The renovation project included replacement of all heating and cooling system components.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.