BAS, Energy Efficiency Expertise Results in Comfort, Savings for Healthcare Providers
SANFORD, Fla. — September 22, 2014 —InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance member firm MC² delivered a building automation system (BAS) and energy efficiency solutions for two Florida Hospitals. Both firms are experienced providers of automation and energy management systems for a variety of commercial buildings, including healthcare facilities. InsideIQ is an international alliance of independent building automation contractors who share industry best practices and use industry leading technology.
MC², based in Sanford, Fla., is a leading BAS provider in the state with more than 20 years of field experience in building automation and energy management systems. The Villages Regional Hospital (TVRH) located in central Florida in The Villages, one of the largest retirement developments in the United States, serves patients in Lake, Sumter and Marion Counties and is a longstanding MC² customer. The hospital opened in 2002 as a 60-bed facility and expanded in 2007 to become a 198-bed facility. MC² provided and installed the heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) energy management system for both phases of the hospital’s construction and has continued to service the hospital during additional expansions and rebuilds as well as assisting with system upgrades and repairs. Discussions about establishing an energy baseline and improving energy efficiency began in 2009 and finally concluded in 2011 with the decision to implement a large scale energy project that would yield a guaranteed savings.
MC² partnered with an energy solutions company located in Fort Washington, Pa., to implement a performance contract due to the extensive experience designing and project managing energy based projects. The long standing relationship between MC² and the energy solutions provideras members of InsideIQ made partnering on the TVRH energy contract project a logical and natural fit. MC² functioned as a primary point person for the customer while the energy solutions provider designed and implemented the project.
The hospital had long wanted to have the capability to run the entire facility on one of the two 650 ton variable-speed drive (VSD) chillers. The engineering staff attempted this on several occasions in an effort to reduce load and energy costs, but was unable to maintain comfort levels in the hospital due to the high humidity. Through the energy contract, both companies were able to accomplish this objective, and more. The project included adding five variable-frequency drives (VFDs) to the original five air-handling units (AHUs) located in the hospital, adding two VFDs to the hospital steam/boiler plant and adding four VFDs to the pumps for the two primary chillers in the hospital. The project also encompassed replacing the air cooled chiller in the adjacent medical office building (MOB) with a new chiller and cooling towers
“The partnership between TVRH, MC² and the energy solutions provider worked seamlessly to deliver a turnkey project that positively impacted comfort conditions and created approximately $ 200,000 in annual energy and operating savings,” according to the energy solutions provider president.
The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. turned to MC² when the clinic decided to move to an open platform for building automation system (BAS) control. With 304 beds and 22 operating rooms, the hospital provides patient care in more than 35 medical and surgical specialties, so smooth functioning of all the mechanical systems is a priority for hospital’s facility managers.
MC² provided a solution that allowed the clinic to migrate from the existing legacy BAS into direct digital controls (DDC) with web-based functionality to allow for remote monitoring and control, analytics and improved efficiency. Advantages of the new BAS include the ability of maintenance staff to access the system via tablets so they can monitor alarms, read diagnostics and check settings in the field. The BAS has improved efficiency of the hospital through better control and monitoring of equipment. For example, in the near future, staff will be able manage the chiller water flow and temperature in order to stage the chillers based on load requirements.
“The BAS works with existing devices and controllers while allowing the hospital to phase the older equipment out over time,” said John Davant, Business Development, MC². “For instance, MC² devised a protocol to change out air handler panels, from installing to commissioning, that maintains continuous operation of the HVAC system throughout the 24-hour process.”
“Whether working independently or as a team, InsideIQ members are local, independent contractors who implement the best solutions, regardless of manufacturer, to meet a customer’s needs,” said Frank Rotello, president of the InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance. “While each InsideIQ company is unique, all members are trusted, independent, local solutions-oriented experts in building automation, energy management, comfort and security. Customers like the Mayo Clinic and TVRH benefit because InsideIQ firms are progressive, innovative companies focused on best practices within the industry.”
InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance is an organization comprised of independent commercial building and facility automation companies representing common automation and security system platforms. Our member firms across North America, Europe and Australia share best practices among more than 5,200 employees at over 110 locations. Members specialize in the design and implementation of facilities and process control systems, systems integration, enterprise security systems, facilities maintenance services, energy services, and the representation of other value-added products and services. The largest independent organization of its kind, InsideIQ member companies provide consistent applications, coordination, and support for commercial facility owners. More information is available online at www.insideiq.org.