HVAC recommissioning projects and a campus-wide building controls upgrade maximize efficiency

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems often consume a significant amount of a building's energy, and maintenance and upgrades to these systems remain a critical component of the university's energy reduction targets. In 2016, Stanford completed 16 HVAC recomissioning projects. During this process, engineers review the system and identify opportunties to calibrate the system through new technologies, such as variable-speed equipment and custom-developed control methodologies. These efficiency improvements have yielded savings from 5 to 20%, and rare part of a larger, more holistic evaluation of the campus controls system. By looking at the entire campus controls systems, the university expect greater transparency in data, streamlined operations and maintenance for reduced costs, and efficiencies from eliminating redundancies in both staff monitoring and training, and from start to end of the troubleshooting process.