Benchmarking has been a topic of interest and discussion for a long time now. In this blog, we look at what is benchmarking and why it necessary to achieve results. This is part one of our deep-dive into benchmarking. Stay tuned for the next one where we look at how to benchmark for building efficiency!
A recent Gas Technology Institute (GTI) study on 75F’s Dynamic Airflow Balancing system in a California office space supports the potential for 45 percent gas and electricity savings over one year.
Legacy Companies, Inc. is the Twin Cities' leader in commercial mechanical contracting, and has been the service contractor for HOM Furniture for the last few decades. When HOM Furniture was interested in boosting their energy efficiency and came across the 75F product line, Legacy was the go-to to install the system.
'The World will be facing a cold crunch' warns International Energy Agency (IEA) in its 2019 Future of Cooling report. After all, space cooling which accounts for 10% of all global electricity consumption will more than triple by 2050, nearing 37%, – consuming as much electricity as all of China and India today.
Huge Energy Reductions at a Low Cost
What defines the load for chiller and boiler plants? It’s how the water is used throughout the building and it makes sense that the most effective way to improve plant performance is to reduce the load in terminal units, such as air handling units (AHUs), coils, and radiators. That’s where 75F excels. IoT sensors and machine learning predict and optimize terminal units to dramatically lower water consumption to save as much as 46% of the utility cost.
HOM Furniture is one of the nation's largest furniture retailers serving customers in the upper Midwest, with an average store size of 100,000+ square feet. Since 2010, they have been tracking their utility and energy performance data with EnergyPrint's Utility Dashboard – a cloud-based energy management software – to better understand their energy usage.
With energy as one of HOM Furniture's top 3 operating expenses – costing them over $227,000 annually – they were looking for a more cost-effective solution to increase energy efficiency across their portfolio of retail stores. Watch the video to learn what HOM Furniture's Real Estate Manager, John Pierce, loves most about 75F Outside Air Optimization package...you know, besides the $18,400+ in electricity savings!