UMASS INTEGRATED SCIENCES BUILDING
This 157,000 square foot facility is divided into two wings: 85,000 square feet of chemistry and biochemistry classroom and research laboratories and 72,000 ft2 of classrooms, auditoriums and offices. Prior to B2Qs EBCx efforts the building was significantly negative, including a serious pressure imbalance between the lab and non-lab wings.
Before B2Q's involvement, ISB annually consumed approximately 3,700,000 kWh of electricity and 29,000 Mlb of steam and annual operating costs exceeding $1,000,000. UMass engaged B2Q to provide EBCx services, including scoping & investment-grade EBCx studies and turnkey implementation services including Engineering, OPM, CxA, M&V and utility incentives.
The EBCx study identified over 15 EBCx energy-savings and facility-improvement measures. These measures included conversion of 145 constant-volume fume hoods to variable-volume, reduction of lab ACH from 16.5 to 10.0, repair of over 100 VAV actuators and dampers, and re-engineering of lab pressurization cascades for improved building pressurization. The following savings were achieved during the implementation phase:
1,900,00 kWh (38%) electric savings
11,800 Mlb (41%) steam savings
$460,000 annual energy cost reductions
Obtained $260,000 utility incentive
Significantly improved occupant comfort
Greatly improved building pressurization
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