Appalachian State University is to implement Aircuity’s HVAC energy efficiency products in three science facilities on its Boone, N.C., campus as part of a larger energy services contract with Pepco Energy Services.
Aircuity’s installation within the laboratories and other variable occupancy areas of the buildings will help drive energy savings through optimizing the ventilation rates. Energy savings in both lab and non-lab areas are expected to exceed 1 GWh of electricity annually.
Aircuity’s centralized demand based control products will be installed in the Chemistry, Astronomy and Physics Building and both the north and south wings of the Rankin Science Hall. In the CAP Building and the south wing of the Rankin Science Hall, Aircuity products will be implemented in both lab and non-lab spaces and in the north wing of the Rankin Science Hall Aircuity will be installed in both labs and a small animal vivarium.
The monetary savings resulting from the project the will help to fund other energy projects on Appalachian State University’s campus.
In January, Arizona State University received LEED Gold certification for its new science building, which was designed to be 40 percent more energy efficient compared to a traditional laboratory design, and featured Aircuity products.
The airside efficiency company worked with ASU to help the school’s largest research facility — the seven-story, 293,000-square-foot Interdisciplinary Science and Technology IV building — save energy through centralized demand control ventilation systems. A multiplexed centralized sensing system continually monitors critical indoor parameters, lowering the ventilation when the air is clean and increasing fresh air when an issue has been detected.
Earlier this month, Con Edison’s Green Team announced that it had helped Columbia University save more than $700,000 a year in energy costs through upgrades to the school’s water-chilling system.
The project, a key part of Columbia’s campaign to reduce its energy consumption, consisted of installing a comprehensive network of controls, metering, hardware, programming software, and other upgrades to the school’s chilled water system.