UMASS INTEGRATED SCIENCES BUILDING

AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS

CHALLENGE

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.

OPPORTUNITY

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.

RESULTS

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

Market:

Colleges and Universities

Services:

Energy Efficiency and Analysis
Building Systems
Implementation Services

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