Saves 38% on monthly energy costs or US$ 175,000 in the last 3 years alone!
The Evangelical Free Church facility is perfect for a growing congregation, but energy costs were initially much higher than expected. Between the church’s builders, designers and contractors, no one could offer a solution to the high energy cost problem.
ENTEC was brought in and after performing a survey of the church’s energy bills, ENTEC implemented a facility assessment plan based on the principles of retro-commissioning.
The process revealed the root cause of the high energy cost and several other issues. ENTEC was able to fix the problems and slashed over 38% from the church’s monthly energy costs, saving the church over $175,000 in the first three years.
“I fought against bringing ENTEC in, but I ultimately agreed to meet. They listened to us, then delivered more than we thought possible. They’re just fantastic. I give ENTEC an A+.”
– Bill Bird, Facilities Supervisor
Figge Art Museum
Achieves 229% ROI with ENTEC Building Automation
The mechanical systems serving the Figge Art Museum are indeed world class. At the end of the construction process, the owner faced unforeseen circumstances that compromised the energy efficiency and mechanical system reliability of the museum. The museum’s concerns were more than financial. In order to display the world’s most impressive art collections, the Figge Art Museum had to meet exacting Smithsonian qualifications for temperature and humidity control.
The museum was falling short of this criteria. control of temperature and humidity throughout the galleries, which resulted in a 229% return on investment and ensured the museum would meet the strict qualifications to display awe-inspiring works of art.
“When we moved into our new facility, we faced a number of unresolved mechanical system issues. Not only did ENTEC solve these problems, but their solutions paid back immediately in lower energy costs and energy efficiency incentives.”
– Bob DeBlaey, Facilities Manager
With the help of ENTEC UnityPoint saves 50% in annual energy consumption and received $380,000 in energy incentive dollars
Methodist Medical Center of Peoria needed to address its aging cooling plant. The hospital faced high maintenance and energy costs, as well as growing concern over the availability of replacement parts. The existing system struggled to provide enough chilled water to meet the needs of the hospital.
If major repairs were needed, UnityPoint had no backup solution to carry the task of cooling the entire Medical Center UnityPoint engaged ENTEC Services to complete a Retro Commissioning (RCx) study designed to address the Center’s cooling performance problems. The RCx process involved intensive on-site functional performance tests on every piece of equipment that consumes chilled water.
The study uncovered major inefficiencies in the Center’s consumption of chilled water. The chillers were old and in need of replacement. The antiquated cooling tower system was leaking. And the pumping system was unable to deliver chilled water when and where it was needed.
Many years of expansion projects and alterations to the facility led to booster pumps being added without a full understanding of the chilled water system. These booster pumps created significant over-pressurization in the chilled water loop, hampering cooling plant performance.
With the data collected and analyzed, ENTEC performed a 30-year life-cycle cost analysis on four options for the Medical Center. The options include upgrading the existing cooling plant or constructing a new one. After careful consideration of the total cost of ownership, ENTEC and the facility services team concluded that the best option was to construct a new cooling plant.
Now that the problems and solutions were known, the UnityPoint Health – Methodist staff felt a strong sense of urgency to complete the new cooling plant. ENTEC worked quickly, engaging a team of consultants, technicians and contractors already serving the Medical Center to ensure the new plant was operational for the upcoming cooling season.
ENTEC outlined a complete scope of work and addressed the questions of the design and implementation teams, saving time in the construction process while maintaining the staff’s confidence in the solution. New primary pumps were added as part of the new cooling plant while the secondary and booster pumps were modified to correct the chilled water flow issues.
UnityPoint now enjoys a reliable, fully automated, energy efficient cooling plant with redundancy to ensure 100% uptime. The new plant incorporates a free cooling system controlled automatically by the building automation system. In addition to the $240,000 in expected annual energy savings and 49% cut in kWh, the Medical Center received around $380,000 in energy incentive dollars from the AMEREN ActOnEnergy Program. This resulted in a payback of 5 years on the chiller replacement. More importantly, now the staff and patients of UnityPoint Health – Methodist enjoy improved comfort throughout the building
Bank of Springfield Center
Springfield Center installs new state-of-the art building automation system
With a planned $16 million renovation, the Bank of Springfield Center leadership realized they did not have the funds to increase program flexibility and upgrade their aging mechanical system. With the help of ENTEC’s experienced engineering team, the Bank of Springfield Center staff learned how to get the best total cost of ownership out of their building’s existing system.
ENTEC worked together with the staff and their design team to leverage a new, state-of-the-art building automation system.
ENTEC’s building automation engineers, project managers and system specialists installed a new automation system that provides a comfortable indoor environment, as well as insight into the mechanical system. The Bank of Springfield Center is now able to manage service call frequency and the total cost of ownership.
“We feel like the response we get from ENTEC is superb and the people really make sure there is no downtime. We feel like they jump to our needs and make sure we are being taken care of.”
– Brian Oaks, General Manager