UMASS HAMPSHIRE DINING COMMONS

AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS

CHALLENGE AND OPPORTUNITY

Hampshire Dining Commons is one of the main on-campus dining halls and encompasses 46,000 ft2 of food preparation and dining space. A full building renovation was completed in 2013, including the installation of air handling units and kitchen exhaust hoods and fans. Hampshire Dining Commons struggled from air in-balance and infiltration after the renovation was completed.

B2Q was retained by UMass to perform an investment-grade EBCx investigation and provide turnkey implementation services including Engineering, sub-contractor management, OPM, CxA, M&V and utility incentives. B2Q's EBCx effort identified 13 energy-efficiency and facility improvement measures; the largest being kitchen exhaust fan control and makeup airflow tracking.

RESULTS

  • Optimized kitchen exhaust airflow control and makeup airflow tracking Implemented differential pressure control on CHW and HW pump sets

  • Added demand controlled ventilation control for non-dining area

  • AHU Absorption chiller plant CHW and condenser water temperature reset

  • Significantly improved airflow balance and building pressurization

  • Achieved 140,000 kWh, 2,600 Mlbs & $65,000 annually in energy and cost savings

  • Obtained $15,000 utility incentive

  • Project had a simple payback of 1.2 years after utility incentive

Market:

Colleges and Universities

Services:

Energy Efficiency and Analysis
Building Systems
Implementation Services