Improve occupant comfort, reduce energy spending, and enhance environmental conditions in learning spaces throughout campus by way of Retro-Commissioning.
Retro-Commissioning consisted of two phases. Phase-One applied improved maintenance & efficiency restorations to existing air conditioning, heating, and ventilation systems. After all equipment/systems were operating at their maximum levels, the actual performance of each building was then measured, tracked and monitored in real-time with remote data loggers. This created a campus-wide road map aimed at cost effective planning & budgeting for capital improvements. Phase-Two implemented engineering & construction of the needed capital improvements. Air conditioning and increased fresh air intake was added in areas that previously did not have A/C and in zones that were underperforming. Older equipment was modernized or upgraded with new, high efficiency systems, including; boilers, pumps, motors, variable speed drives, split and packaged HVAC systems, a lighting upgrade and a state-of-the-art building automation/energy management system. Utility incentives helped pay down the cost of the project.
The biggest challenge was to identify and cost effectively solve numerous comfort concerns, reduce energy expenditures, and to use as much of the existing HVAC systems as possible to achieve these goals.